The Negative Consequences of Food Addiction
Food addiction happens for emotional and physiological reasons. Multiple experiments show that tasty foods filled with sugar, fat and salt cause a reaction in your brain that stimulates pleasure. Unfortunately, the rewards your brain sends are as powerful and incredibly addicting.
Food Addiction Is Centered In Your Brain
This means that the scariest negative consequence of food addiction is that the wrong types of unhealthy foods make you feel great mentally. So you eat more of them than the healthier foods which you should be getting. As a result, you eat when you are not hungry.
On the physical side, this leads to negative consequences like weight gain, obesity, heart disease, poor circulation and cardiovascular problems. Mentally, your food addiction can actually lead to other addictions. Lower self-esteem is also linked to food addiction, as are damaged relationships.
Because your pleasure center is triggered by your brain when you eat fat, salt and sugar-filled foods, this is a very tough addiction to defeat. You know those junk foods are unhealthy for you, and you know that they can lead to severe physical consequences, but your addiction can also be tied to emotions. This makes is doubly difficult to defeat food addiction for some and is where my work as a coach comes in. My job is to help you get to the root cause of it all.
So, my question to you is; What Is Your “Why” For Overcoming Food Addiction?
Everyone needs a big “Why” to overcome a serious hurdle or achieve a spectacular goal. Why do you want to conquer your food addiction? Is it because your heart will be healthier, and you will drastically cut your risk of obesity, diabetes and a shorter lifespan? Perhaps you want to overcome a particular food addiction to strengthen your immune system, your skin health, stop hair loss and cut down on the stress, anxiety and depression you feel in your life.
All of those afflictions I just mentioned have been directly related to one type of food addiction or another. Sometimes understanding just how dangerous an unhealthy dietary addiction can be is all you need to give you a big enough “why” to defeat your food addiction.