If you suspect you have a
serious food addiction, you could make matters worse by trying to fix it
yourself. For starters, science has looked into impulsive binge-eaters and have
come up with startling discoveries.
Per a study from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) Yale
University, the food you eat could predispose you to the condition since highly
processed foods create a pattern of dependence. Plus, another study found that people with
addictive-like eating behaviour have similar brain activity patterns to
Read more: If you answer yes to these questions, you may have a food addiction
It’s no surprise then, that treatment options are similar to
traditional options. If you suspect you’re struggling with food addiction, make
sure you see a professional and incorporate these tips:
Don’t starve yourself
You’ll just get hangry – prompting you to reach for the
starchiest, most sugary treat in the largest portion.
Stop when you’re full
And only eat when you’re hungry. Can’t control your urges?
Psychotherapy is a useful tool in managing your habits.
Read more: These may be the most addictivefoods, according to science
If you eat your feelings, a smart way to curb overeating is
by removing the stressful thing from your life. Re-evaluate what’s causing
strain and try to minimise or remove it.
Go work out
Not only does exercise help with weight loss, but it also releases
a healthy dose of dopamine in the way that a pot of mac and cheese won’t.
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