Do you have clients that:

  • step on the scale, feel dissatisfied and restrict their food intake
  • believe that eating normally throughout the day will cause extreme eating all the time
  • struggle with overwhelming urges to eat and cravings
  • experience guilt, shame and fear associated with overeating
  • feel preoccupied with food and apply all-or-nothing thinking to food behaviours
  • feel deprived (mentally, emotionally and physically)
  • live in a low-level chronic state of stress about food, weight and exercise
  • starve themselves all day in anticipation of a large meal

Your clients are likely stuck in the binge-restrict cycle, also known as the self-deprivation set up!!!

This non-branded handout helps your clients to see how the cycle of restriction can lead to overeating. It provides a great visual accompaniment of the concepts and can support in-session conversations. Whether you are pulling together a holiday themed workshop, supporting individual clients or fielding questions from friends and family, this resource teaches without overwhelm.

Build on this concept with the Understanding Bingeing & Emotional Eating Handout which reviews triggers for bingeing (including restriction) in more detail!

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This document is to be used as a tool in nutrition counselling or nutrition groups. The content is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Users are encouraged to advise their client to always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner for questions about their health or nutritional requirements. The author is not responsible for errors, omissions or individual usage. All materials are protected under copyright and are only intended for use by the sole individual or entity who purchased the resource.

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  • How Under Eating Causes Overeating

    This is a great tool. Love that it is a simple easy to understand layout! Thanks.

  • Excellent content in an easy to understand format with a balanced blend of pictures & words. I explain this cycle 100s of times to clients. Now I have a visual handout to provide them. Thank you!! Heather RD,

    • Heather, thank you for the lovely review! I am so glad that this resource will give your clients a visual handout to your sessions and expertise! Cheers, Britt

  • Such a helpful handout!

    Thank you so much for sharing this resource! Your conceptualization of the binge-restrict cycle is informative and presented in an effective way (that’s not overwhelming!). I look forward to sharing with my clients.

    • Hi Beth! Thank you for the positive review! I am a visual learner myself, so I feel that visuals can often enhance conversations! I am so glad that you found the resource helpful and that it will be a useful resource in your practice. Cheers, Britt

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