It is a common misconception that we are addicted to food, hence the use of labels such as 'chocoholic' to describe a person who can't resist getting their foodie fix. However, here at Ideal Weight, we understand that people's relationship with food is far more complex which makes losing weight and breaking habits so difficult.
Edinburgh University find that eating is a behavioural disorder
A recent study undertaken by scientists at Edinburgh University has finally put the 'addicted to food' myth to rest. They found that our brains do not react to sugar and fat in the same way that a drug addict's brain responds to heroin or cocaine. In fact, the addiction people have with food is more similar to gambling i.e. a behavioural addiction rather than a substance based addiction. The study has even gone as far to suggest that an eating addiction should be classed as a mental illness, highlighting the significant impact which unhealthy eating habits can have on our psychological well-being.
How Ideal Weight can change the way you think about eating
At Ideal Weight, changing the way you think about food has always been a main focus behind our weight loss plans, which is why all our coaches are trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT works to find the root of your eating issues and then teaches you new skills to help you not only lose weight but maintain your weight loss for good. Unless you are taught these new coping skills, you will keep using food to satisfy your eating compulsions, whether it is eating for comfort, boredom, or just to clean your plate.
Where do we learn these behaviours?
You may not realise how long your harmful behaviours with eating have been going on for. It could even stem back to as far as your childhood, when you would be praised for eating all your food rather than stopping once you are full or from being given food as a reward or treat. Many of us try to find a rational explanation for being overweight and it is very easy to blame other reasons and remove the responsibility from ourselves. However, we actually need to dig deeper and resolve our underlying issues if we want to change our relationship with eating for good.
Edinburgh University’s recent study has only reinforced Ideal Weight’s ethos and it is that vision, along with meal plans and coaching, which has helped many of our members change the way they think about food and eating. If you believe it’s time you changed your thinking in order to change your size, get in touch to find out more about our successful and supportive plans.