Unconscious eating is one of the biggest problems related to dieting today. It can be defined as a time when you are eating without really realizing it. The reason this wreaks havoc on your diet is because all of these calories you are unaware of will add up to pounds on the scale over time. Unless you take measures to control your unconscious eating your diet is going to suffer.
There are many different types of unconscious eaters out there. Identifying which type you are will really help you monitor this problem and will making sticking to your diet much easier. No one likes feeling like they are on a diet, especially when they aren’t achieving the results they desire. By eliminating the problem of unconscious eating you can also eliminate the time you spend on your diet.
The first type of unconscious eater is the ‘Hurried’ eater. This is a person who is always in a rush running around. Often they are just grabbing whatever they can get their hands on to provide them with the fuel to get through the day, regardless of what it does to their diet. Without giving a second thought to the nutritional content it is no wonder why these people struggle to lose weight and see success. These eaters often eat standing up or in the car as they can never seem to find time to sit down to a proper meal that is more in accordance with their diet. To remedy this situation, try and make an effort to plan meals into your day. They don’t have to be long breaks but enough to sit down and realize what you are eating.
The second type of eater is the ‘No-Refusal’ eater. This is a person who cannot seem to turn down food when offered. For example, they walk by a candy jar in their office and a few pieces go into their mouth or if a friend offers them cookies while they are over having coffee they cannot muster the strength to say no. This type of person feels an obligation to eat whenever they see food. This could actually be the result of being on a diet so long that they feel that food is rare to come by. After being deprived so long of food they want to eat they can now no longer turn it down if it is within their presence. If you find characteristics of yourself in this type of eater you are best avoiding the dieting mind-frame all together and trying to regulate portion sizes instead. This way you will not feel restricted in what you can eat so long as you keep the portion controlled. You will then be less likely to overeat since you know you can have it any time. A diet’s success virtually boils down to calories consumed verses calories expended so as long as this is in check, you should have no problem seeing results.
The third type of unconscious eater is the ‘Waste-Not’ eater. This is the person who feels very bad any time they are throwing food away. Rather then disposing of it they simply choose to eat it so it does not go to waste. This again is troublesome for a diet as it means an abundance of calories translating into weight gain. To combat this dieting downfall make sure you always cook food according to portion specifications. That will reduce the chance that you will have some left over tempting you to destroy your diet with.
The final type of eater is the ‘Emotional’ eater. This is an eater who uses food to either satisfy an emotional void they are feeling or who eats when they are feeling extreme emotions such as happiness, fear or sadness. Either way they are more than likely consuming foods that are not on their diet list and are therefore derailing their progress. The key to getting past this problem is learning to identify what emotion you are feeling and try and find more constructive ways of dealing with it that won’t harm your diet. This is probably one of the hardest types of unconscious eating to overcome however as this behaviour may have been ingrained since childhood (think back to when you were little and were rewarded with food treats). However, with work and patience it can be overcome.
Unconscious eating is something that many people struggle with on a daily basis. Not only does it make dieting harder but it can also damage your self-esteem and make you feel out of control. Taking necessary steps to identify the problem and implementing action in order to combat it is essential if you hope to see results from your dieting efforts.