Overeating After Quitting Drinking – Causes & Fixes

Overeating after quitting drinking is normal because suddenly, your body misses all those additional sugar calories that alcohol relentlessly supplied so it’s just making up for it.

It could also be because you weren’t eating well to start with and because things are starting to go back to normal now, your body is trying to fill itself up.

These are signs the recovery process is working. Well done.

I recommend eating meals that are nutrient-dense, an anti-inflammatory diet rich in plenty of healthy fats and bioavailable protein.

Your body will need the additional nutrients as it works to cleanse and heal and adapt to using more ketones and fat for fuel instead of mostly glucose.

Overeating After Quitting Drinking

This adaptation takes time and you might begin to feel like you’ve caught the flu. The flu-like symptoms you feel are short-term and are also known as “low-carb flu” or “keto flu”, but it’s so worth it in the long term.

Some long-term benefits of quitting alcohol and eating healthy are:

  • Stable mods
  • Higher mental focus and clarity
  • More and more stable energy and
  • being able to go many hours without needing to snack or eat.

In my experience, frozen fruit pops are a great snack to try. They contain low calories, and they help soothe your taste for a drink.

Author: Dr. Janet Hicks

Dr. Janet Hicks is an addiction medicine physician trained and certified to provide comprehensive care for addiction and substance-related disorders, including the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of such health conditions. With more than 25 years of experience, Doctor Janet Hicks helps you by providing all information required to educate yourself about substance detox and recovery.

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