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A vacant door due to stopped vomiting

Vomiting after eating is the most common form of purging for people with bulimia. However, there are also other forms of purging such as abusing laxatives, over-exercising, diet pills, diuretics and fasting for periods of time.

Some people use only one means of getting rid of food while others use a combination of methods. The ultimate goal of these methods is to rid the body of calories consumed and prevent weight gain.

Unfortunately, these habits are neither effective nor healthy and can wreak havoc on your body, causing long-term complications or even death. The habit of purging is a very strong one. In order to stop, you will probably need some help. Most people can’t recover alone. I know that my own recovery never would have happened without the right support. If you are currently suffering from bulimia and need to stop purging, here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Understand that purging doesn’t help maintain a lower weight.

People who vomit after meals are making an attempt to reverse the calories consumed and avoid weight gain, or even lose weight. The result is exactly the opposite. Research shows that people who binged then vomited still retained 1,000 to 1,200 calories after throwing up.





A girl stopping binge urges
 

For most recovering bulimics, learning how to stop binge eating can be one of the most challenging, intimidating and confusing aspect of the entire recovery process. 

I'll be honest with you, before I started recovery (and even for some time after that) I wasn't completely convinced that it was possible for a person to overcome binge urges.

"Once a binge eater, always a binge eater," I thought. 

I imagined as a recovered bulimic I would spend the rest of my life in a perpetual state of recovery, always wanting to overeat but reminding myself not to, fighting with everything I had in order to avoid bingeing, but always hanging on by a thread.

But just like many of my other preconceived ideas about recovery -  I was so wrong!





A girl tired form excessive exercise
“Almost there, just 50 more calories to go,”
you think to yourself as you finish your cardio workout at the gym. You’re there every day, sometimes after going for a morning run.

It consumes your thoughts. It takes priority over important things you need to do. It doesn’t matter though, I just have to burn off those calories. If I plan to eat later today, I better burn off even more.” If you’ve ever felt this way, you may suffer from exercise bulimia.





A girl who has recovered from bulimia

In a moment I'm going to share a simple methodology that will show you how you can recover from bulimia in just 12-18 months,

but first let me ask you a question:

How exactly do you recover from bulimia?

It's a simple enough question, yet the majority of us find it almost impossible to answer.

If you're like most people with bulimia, at best you may have a vague, fuzzy idea of how to recover. 

The important thing to understand here is that it's not your fault if you don't know how to recover. 

In my experience it's nearly impossible to find anyone who will provide clear insight into the recovery process. 

And without knowing HOW to recover, it's difficult to know where to start or what to do.

This explains one of the big reasons why people fail to recover from bulimia. 

They have a lack of understanding, clarity and direction.

Imagine I asked you to learn how to fly a plane, but failed to provide you with any advice, guidance or support on how to do so. It would seem impossible, right?





The more support you have for bulimia recovery the better.

One support service I highly recommend is B-eat. They are the UK's largest eating disorder support charity and they provide a wide range of support including helplines and support groups.

I know many of you would find these services helpful, but you may not be sure how to go about making the most of them. I know contacting a support charity for the first time can be a little scary.

Thats why I have asked Leanne Thorndyke from B-eat to tell us more about what they do and more importantly how they can help you.

You can learn listen to the interview here:





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