Do you eat non-stop? Do you eat not for nutrition or pleasure, but because you can’t control it? Just as people can become addicted to cigarettes or alcohol, some people have food addictions. Also known as compulsive eating, this can be a serious impediment to losing weight if it’s not resolved. Studies show that for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by foods that are rich in sugar, fat or salt. Once these foods are eaten, they trigger the release of feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. The brain will recognize that eating these type of foods will release these chemicals, thus causing the individual to eat more food quicker. As a result, this causes weight gain and eating even when the signs of hunger aren’t present. Many researchers also believe that food addiction plays an important role in obesity. They also believe that people who do suffer from food addictions will continue to eat despite negative consequences, such as weight gain or damaged self-esteem. Being addicted to food is caused by many factors. One factor is using food to suppress unwanted emotions caused by life events such as job stress, or more serious matters such as death or divorce. Food can have a calming effect on us, so when we are stressed out or anxious, we reach for the foods that make us feel better. These are usually unhealthy snacks. Food becomes something we lean on and over time, it becomes an unhealthy coping mechanism.
Identifying Food Addictions
Do any of these symptoms of food addiction apply to you?
- Eating when you aren’t hungry
- You are always thinking about eating, especially certain foods
- You eat past the point of fullness to where you feel ill
- You are eating food instead of doing other things, such as working, spending time with loved ones, or doing your favorite activities
- You feel agitated or depressed when you don’t eat the food you are addicted to
- You are noticeably gaining weight, but you can’t seem to stop eating
Overcoming food addictions is different from overcoming other addictions, because unlike alcohol, caffeine, or gambling, the compulsive eater can never completely give up the object of his addiction – not even close, since we need food to live. People with this issue must relearn how to relate to food and eat in a healthy way, and find other outlets to deal with negative emotions and stress. Roca Labs® Formula works to physically occupy your stomach and leave only a small, limited space available for food intake. It allows to you feel satisfied after eating half as much food as before. But if you have food addictions or suffer from compulsive eating, even the world’s most powerful weight loss method cannot help you – even if you feel full, you will keep eating anyway. Luckily, food addictions are not something you have to be stuck with for the rest of your life. There are many ways to overcome them. If you think you may have this issue, talk to your doctor or a psychologist about it. You can also read the articles below to learn more about the subject:
- Overcoming Food Addiction
- What’s Behind Compulsive Overeating?
- Food Addiction – Compulsive Overeating
Note: Roca Labs® is not providing psychological or medical advice here or anywhere on this website. We are presenting some common issues for informational purposes only, so you might be able to identify if any of them apply to you. Recognizing psychological obstacles is itself an important step toward resolving them.