I have talked a bit about junk food addiction on this blog before.
You may have wondered, how can I really know if I’m addicted or not?
Well, in this post I have listed 7 symptoms that you are addicted to junk food.
Some of them may apply to you, some of them may not.
What is junk food? Pretty much anything that contains sugar, refined wheat, trans fat and other yucky things. Cakes, candy, soda pop, pizza, donuts, ice cream, etc. You know the drill.
1. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to quit
You have failed at giving up junk food many times in the past, either by attempting to give it up completely or doing it only on a specific day of the week.
2. You get cravings despite being full
You have just eaten a meal and are well nourished, but still find yourself getting cravings. This is a clear indicator of something not being the way it is supposed to.
3. You indulge and eat way more than you intended to
You decide to give in to the urges, and perhaps have a few pieces of chocolate. Yet somehow you end up eating an entire box, way more than you intended to.
4. Continue eating after you are full – bingeing
Something that is common with people who have a hard time giving up unhealthy food, is that they sometimes tend to eat past their comfort level. They continue to eat junk despite being full and may even eat to the point of feeling sick.
5. Feel guilty afterwards, but still do it again soon
You have a guilty conscience after cheating and decide that this time was the last, now you’re going to be super strict and not do this again for a long time.
Yet, you still do it again soon and get the same guilty conscience all over again.
You may even start hiding your consumption from other people, such as your family.
6. Making up excuses in your head on why you should cheat
A clear indicator of being an addict, is making up excuses in order to be able to have your fix.
For example, you’ve decided that you’re not going to cheat this week. Then you have a stressful day, or maybe somebody brings a cake to work, and you find your mind having an argument with itself about why or why not you should indulge.
It is almost as if your brain is split in two parts. One part is controlled by logic and reason, and tells you not to cheat, while the other part tells you that you should let go and have whatever it is that you’re craving.
Usually, when such a mental battle occurs, logic and reason loses.
7. Unable to quit despite physical problems
You may be starting to suffer from the metabolic syndrome, are obese, becoming a pre-diabetic and setting yourself up for heart disease.
Or you may simply be slightly overweight, have acne, bad breath and your teeth are becoming damaged.
These are physical problems, and you know they are caused by your bad habit of eating unhealthy food.
For some people, such as the morbidly obese diabetic heart patient, it is a matter of life and death.
Despite massive physical warning signs, cautionary words from doctors and rapidly declining health, many people are STILL NOT ABLE TO QUIT.
If you have a family member who is a drug addict or an alcoholic, or you are one yourself, then many of these might seem very familiar if you replace “junk food” with “drug of choice”.
Actually, many of them fit in with medical definitions of addiction, but that is a topic for a later blog post.
If ANY of those apply to you, it is a strong sign that something unnatural is going on. If MANY of them apply to you, then you have a serious problem.