People eat because:
- They are hungry
- They are bored
- They are depressed
- Itís sociable
- Itís comforting
- Itís there
The Syndromes - Why People Eat
The Reward Syndrome
When you have had a really bad day, been shopping, juggled the housework and fitted everything in, you feel you need a reward.
The Last Supper Syndrome
I am going to start a diet tomorrow, and I will never eat cake and biscuits again
The Closet Syndrome
Nobodyís looking. They know Iím on a diet, but if they donít see me they wonít know
The Kitchen Syndrome
I am in the kitchen, preparing a meal and the biscuit tin lid if off and because Iím there I eat them
The Iím Fed Up Syndrome
Iím bored, lonely, cross, angry at myself or someone else, and Iím going to eat something naughty!
The Slippery Slope Syndrome
I missed breakfast; I ate too much at lunch, so a bit more wonít make any difference
SoÖ What next?
Donít need to be food (But it can be)
Action Point: Find 8 rewards for yourself and use them!!
You will eat a curry again, or a cream cake, who care Ė Just make sure it is in moderation
Who is the ĎDietí for?
Make sure the only reason you are changing your habits is because you want to
Temptation at home
Move temptation, put the biscuits on a high shelf so you have to go out of your way to get them. Place alternative under your nose for nibbling on whilst in the kitchen
Fed Up? Ė Get active
Action Point: Find 8 activities for yourself to do when you feel bored, go for a walk, clean out the kitchen cupboards or phone a friend
Small changes are less to cope with, introduce small changes and you will see a gradual change in your outlook. Not the end of the world anyway and you can start again at any point, i.e. 5 minutes after you slip up.