Urges to binge come in the form of overwhelming desires to eat large amounts of food in a short period of time. Many people who’ve gone through a period of restrictive dieting experience at least one strong urge to binge. These powerful compulsions aren’t easy to resist. That’s why many of us, at some point in our diet, end up reaching for forbidden foods in larger amounts than what’s reasonable. It’s clear that food can’t be eliminated from our lives, but our thinking and acting around food can, indeed, be managed and optimized.