We all have that one food that we just can’t get enough of. For many, it could be sweets or a kind of dessert, or maybe a certain dish that goes beyond simple comfort food. Food is great, we all know that, but sometimes we go to extremes over our love for it.
And that is when addiction comes in. Food addiction is a serious problem that unfortunately, most people don’t seem to take seriously. It’s as dangerous as being addicted to smoking or alcohol, as it can have adverse effects to your body and your overall health.
It may surprise you that some foods can actually be more addicting than others. Anything sweet or sugary, for example, has a long track record of being addictive. Junk foods, as well as processed foodstuffs, are similarly addicting, as all of them have a powerful effect on the reward centers of our brain.
We’d like to point out that getting addicted to these foodstuffs isn’t solely your fault. We’d like to assure you that. While we won’t deny that it involves a bit of self-control, food addiction is often caused by an increased or intense dopamine signal that hijacks the biochemistry of the brain, essentially forcing your body to demand more of certain foods. That’s why sometimes, you’ll find yourself craving for a certain type of food, even if you are full or aren’t hungry at all.
Knowing the Symptoms
The symptoms of food addiction are things you can’t really see physically; you’ll feel them instead. Apart from craving for certain foodstuffs, you may also feel guilty eating food yet find yourself consuming more despite the feeling of regret that comes with it. You also know that you’re stuffed and full, but still start eating uncontrollably.
As we have established before, biological factors play a big hand in food addiction, but we’d like to point out that society and culture in general may also be instrumental. There are certain ‘triggers’ in the modern world that seem to make us want to eat more. The subtle suggestion to upsize your drink or meal may seem harmless, but it does reinforce the idea that eating too much is just okay.
Overcoming the Addiction
Ultimately, self-control will have to play a big part in overcoming food addiction, as it supersedes everything. You can change your lifestyle and eating habits, but if you lack the self-control, all of these will just fail and you may even revert back to your addiction in an even worse state.
Part of the idea of self-control is knowing when you’ve had enough. Certain foodstuffs are tasty and are just so scrumptious that you can’t get enough of them, but if you know when you’ve had enough, then you know when to stop eating.
Lastly, it’s always a good idea to make a list of the ‘problem’ foods you may encounter. The things on your list are those you need to avoid and do away entirely once you shift to a healthier lifestyle. We understand that it may be difficult to stop eating your favorite snacks or your favorite dishes, but it is necessary if you want to avoid more serious medical conditions.
Overcoming food addiction isn’t easy; in fact, it may even be more difficult than stopping smoking or drinking alcohol. Self-control is necessary, as well as knowing the things you should be eating and the ones you can live without.