Today I would like to share with you that for many years I secretly struggled with a binge eating disorder and the fear of judgment kept me from enjoying social gatherings which isolated me from the world.
When the comfort zone controls our actions, reaching for more will never satisfy us, and this can cause a lot of guilt, shame, and weight gain. In today’s post, I’d like to set your mind at ease while I change how you see.
There was once a point in my life where I gave up trying and just ate whatever I wanted to. Depression consumed me to the point where I was booked into a mental health clinic as my fear of food kept me from what’s good.
Binge eating is a real thing, and if you’ve been struggling with this, then I don’t want you to ever condemn yourself or even see it as a negative thing. I actually have a solution that might work if you trust the insanity of my fasting and feasting strategy.
This is how I would like you to view overeating from now on: As a refeed. As a time where you give your body a break from dieting and let go of restrictions to refuel muscle glycogen and restore healthy hormonal function.
The workouts I’ve designed for you on the BB4Christ Coaching Application will place your body under enough stress to grow and your muscles will start to require and desire nutrients to get stronger and more toned.
Think of this as bulking and cutting. To gain muscle we need to train hard and then eat a caloric surplus (+), and this is something every bodybuilder knows. To lose body fat we need a caloric deficit (-). It makes total sense.
When you diet for a long period of time your body will start to down-regulate hormones to slow down the metabolic rate as to preserve energy in a period of famine and this is why we hit weight-loss plateaus.
My strategy will break these plateaus and when you let go of the guilt and condemnation associated with overeating you will eventually break free from the hold the human flesh (lust & gluttony) has on your soul.
Bodybuilding for Christ is designed to work on all 3 aspects of health (mind, body, and spirit) and you will be strengthened by our programs if you trust the process, strengthen your spirit, and regain self-control.
When I coach athletes to get ready for events there is always 1 day a week, perhaps 2, where they can refuel and reload carbohydrates. We call this the ‘Refeed Day’, and while it’s not a cheat day. It works like a bomb.
Think of this refeed as controlled overeating where you will feast with the purpose of giving yourself a break from dieting to enjoy the things you crave with the freedom to live-a-little without any guilt or shame.
I don’t want to make it more complex than that as the complexity alone requires an entire ebook to explain and that is why I’ve put together this online coaching and educational platform to help the body of Christ grow.
If you love what you’re reading please feel free to check out what we do and sign up for a coaching membership. It’s only $9 a month, and the results will be all worth the investment if you trust your coach and do as told.
Here are some ideas you can implement once or twice a week to give yourself some slack when trying to lose weight, and if you are keen, please download the free nutrition ebook and learn how to be set free for good.
1. Take Time to be Creative
Test new ideas in the kitchen. Cook together for a change. Spice things up. Think outside the box and have some fun. Food is a gift from God to be enjoyed with thanksgiving and family.
Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy the experience food brings. Good food is not the enemy. Food is a blessing to be enjoyed with others. When you start to appreciate the beauty of social gatherings you will know what I mean. Just look at wedding feasts.
2. Bring Friends Together
Come together once a week. Each person can bring their own creative dish and this will help you save money and experience food made with love.
Be a blessing in the world and share with others, even if you only have 5 loaves of bread, if you share it with love, you can feed 10 thousand souls. All it takes is a little bit of faith.
3. Travel & Experience Food
Try something new: Visit an organic market, Food & Wine Expo, or go fine dining. Do somewhere you’ve never done before and experience life in a meaningful way.
The Word of God says that on the 7th day we are to rest and share with others. We are to give our workers and our oxen time to rest and be refreshed. There is a purpose for the Sabbath day and God knows we aren’t robots who can go all out every single day.
4. Soup Kitchen or Shelter
If you have a desire to give, nurture, and feed others, why don’t you put 10 – 20% of your income aside each month to buy food for those who are hungry and homeless.
Bless others and you will actually see how your own greed and need to eat will disappear as you start to give. We are called to feed the poor as the living church of God.
As it is written, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and remember, you cannot chisel a pebble, so make sure to pray before you train insane and eat like a beast if you want to make amazing muscle gains. Once you’ve established a solid foundation and you no longer crave food you can cut the fat to reveal the masterpiece you’ve been working on for so long.
Bodybuilding for Christ – Your Health, God’s Way
P.S. Be the Blessing.