How to stop bulimia

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If you’re a member of Bulimia Help or you’ve read through some of our other articles then hopefully you will have already started to realise that beating bulimia really is possible!

(full recovery from bulimia)

But for many people, even with massive amounts of determination to beat bulimia once and for all, it can be hard to know where to start. This brings us to a very important question -

How do you stop bulimia?

During my bulimia recovery I learned a very important lesson:

If you want to understand how to combat bulimia then the first and most important step toward recovery has to be identifying why you are trapped in a vicious cycle of bulimic behaviours in the first place.

What does this mean?

Now this does NOT mean that you have to find out what originally contributed to the onset of your bulimia.

What it DOES mean is that you need to understand why it can feel so impossible to stop bingeing and purging because that knowledge will give you the power and skills you need to break free from the torturous bulimic cycle.

When you understand why you are compelled to binge and purge it is much easier to work on real, practical recovery solutions that will help you to cure your bulimia forever!

You could have all the therapy in the world and you could discover what triggered your need to restrict food in the first place but unless you learned how to change your behaviours and break free from the bulimic cycle you still wouldn't be able to stop bulimia.

So I don’t need to know what originally caused my bulimia to stop it?

At Bulimia Help we understand that a variety of complex feelings, emotions, negative experiences, self-esteem issues and both internal (genetic) and external (societal) factors can increase someone’s chances of developing an eating disorder, but:

What if I told you that it didn’t matter what started it all?

This is what we know about stopping bulimia…

Regardless of any emotional triggers we know that no one would develop bulimia unless they at some point restricted their food intake.

Did you know that the number one cause of all eating disorders is dieting?

When you restrict your food intake you trigger a powerful primal survival mechanism - your body thinks it’s starving and so does everything in it’s power to protect you and maintain your weight.

One of the things it does is increase both your cravings and capacity for food.

These cravings are very powerful and eventually you are forced to “give in” and binge on large quantities of food.

You eat more and more because your body thinks you need to eat as much as you can at this time.

On top of that, while your body is in a distressed hunger state like this everything starts to slow down. Did you know that a lot of people actually gained weight due to bulimia?

In a nutshell…

1. Restricting causes uncontrollable binge urges.
2. Bingeing triggers guilt, shame and panic which triggers purging.
3. Purging deprives your body of essential nutrient’s.
4. When your body is deprived it still thinks you’re in a famine.
5. When your body thinks you’re experiencing a famine it still tells you to binge!

What to do to stop bulimia…

All you really need to do in order to deal with bulimia once and for all is to break free from that cycle and the Bulimia Recovery System here at Bulimia Help teaches you exactly how to do just that!

Of course it’s not as simple as just knowing the steps you need to take in order to stop bulimia, then comes the actual phase of recovery where you have to implement them.

It’s a challenging process. My recovery was filled with ups and downs but right now, just over 2 years on I am FULLY recovered from bulimia, and I am not alone!

Bulimia Help has helped thousands of people to recover from bulimia over the years.

Many of the friends I made here back in 2009 have all gone on to stop their destructive bulimic behaviours forever too.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about our no-nonsense, step by step guide to life long recovery then please sign up for our free bulimia recovery course now and see what it’s all about! 


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