cookies for the day when they didn't plan for those cookies, is a binge. They will say, "I binged today. Should I skip dinner to make up for it?" Or, "I caved and binged on ice cream today and ended up eating 1800 calories today when I wanted to eat 1400."
That is not a binge ladies and gentlemen. That isn't even overeating necessarily - if you still ate at a loss for the day, you possibly made some poor food choices, but you didn't binge. If you ate over maintenance calories you overate for the day, but you didn't binge.
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When I saw a counselor about 15 years ago, I started going to talk about my out of control eating. I had just lost the 50 pounds and was gaining back like crazy. I thought I was binging. While I was overeating and gaining rapidly, the therapist said I wasn't binging. Eating a box of donuts over the course of the morning wasn't a binge. It was too much food and it was poor choices, but it wasn't a binge. A binge was out of control massive eating.
My therapist said if I had eaten a box of donuts, a pizza, a 6 pack of soda and some ice cream over the course of the morning, that would be a binge, but eating 6-10 donuts over the course of 3-4 hours was not a binge.
And yes, at times it can feel like you are out of control with giving into that temptation. It can feel that eating a cup of cashews when you had intended to eat a handful, is scary and out of control, but it's not out of control. Out of control would be truly out of control eating and eating the entire container of nuts and then moving on to something else and then something else and then something else.