Impulse Eating: What is it and How Can You Stop It.

By / 5th December, 2017 / Psychology / No Comments

Impulse eating can lead to serious health problems

For the majority of people, overeating is something we have all done on occasion. You make a small mistake and indulge your sweet tooth, or pig out at a holiday dinner until you’re about ready to burst.

And, generally, that’s where it ends. However, for some people, overeating is simply one step in a vicious cycle of impulse eating, or what’s called “binge eating syndrome.” For people suffering from this devastating disorder, impulse eating is a serious problem that can lead to pretty dangerous physical and mental health problems. While we all use eating as a way to cope with stress from time to time, compulsive eaters use eating as their main, or only, way to deal with emotional problems or fill some hole in their life.

If you are an impulse eater then the cycle is one that is probably all too familiar to you. It starts when you limit certain types of food or go on a very restrictive diet. As you try and stick to this diet your cravings for the food you love keep calling to you until they become too much and you gorge yourself on junk food, sweets, and foods that were once off limits to you in excess. For a brief moment you feel better, or at the very least numb to the world around you, eating on autopilot to silence the stress of everyday life. Then, as you snap back to reality, the small amount of joy you may have gotten from eating is replaced by feelings of shame and guilt at eating so much. You promise this time you will stick to your ultra-restrictive diet, and the cycle starts again.

For someone trapped in an impulse eating cycle, it can feel very similar to being addicted to drugs. And, that makes sense because when you eat certain foods, especially the sugary and salty kind, your brains get flooded with the same type of pleasure chemicals that it would if you were doing hard drugs, like cocaine. And, when you add that to the fact that impulse eating is generally triggered by a poor self-body image, it’s no wonder people get stuck in an endless loop.

If you are one of the many people who suffer from impulse eating it can feel like there is no way to stop the cycle. However, like with anything else, life changes and a little determination can help you regain control over your eating habits.

Diets that are too restrictive are self-defeating

First of all, you will have to change the way you look at food. For most people, the reason they compulsively eat in the first place is that they have restricted their diets so much that it is nearly impossible to maintain for any extended period. You probably do this yourself; do you keep lists of “good” and “bad” foods? Organic fruits and vegetables and farm fresh, grass-fed meats good. Anything deep fried or chocolate glazed bad. Right?

Well, that’s the problem. Everyone likes “junk food,” and there is nothing wrong with that. Any food in moderation is ok. If you know you can’t control yourself around these foods, however, don’t keep them in your house. Clear your cupboards and fridge of these type of foods.

Then allow yourself a weekly cheat day. You still get to feel slightly naughty for eating your favorite greasy or cheese covered foods, yet it takes away some of the guilt. If you enjoy junk food and rarely feel satisfied with the food in your diet but are committed to sticking to it allow one day to indulge yourself, completely guilt free.

Use Terin’s Control Appetite to get you through the rough times

Chances are, as an impulse eater you eat for more reasons than to just stave off hunger. You eat when you’re bored, when you’re lonely, when you’re sad, or for any number of reasons. To stop this, start taking a moment before you begin eating to ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you are just eating to eat. If you find you’re not hungry, try drinking a glass of water or chewing gum until the craving to eat goes away. If that’s not enough try changing the way you eat. Ditch the three square meals a day routine, as this can lead to more cravings and blood sugar lows and spikes throughout the day. Instead, try eating six to seven small meals a day, that way you are eating throughout the day while simultaneously igniting your metabolism, burning more calories, all day. If you find these methods still aren’t enough to stop you from eating, an appetite suppressant, like Control Appetite, may give you the added help you need.

Most importantly, remember that overeating every once in a while isn’t all that bad. We all make mistakes or have to cheat now and again. The negative emotions and connotations that you have associated with eating just lead to more problems. And, if you need a helping hand now and again Terin’s Smart Weigh has a whole line of supplements that could help you in your fight against impulse eating, and its side effects.