Could you be addicted to diets? Is that even a thing?
1. I wake up every morning and examine myself in the mirror or weight myself. This pretty much determines how good I feel about myself for the rest of the day?
2. There are a number of foods that I consider to be "off limits" b/c I can't trust myself around them?
3. I try not to eat breakfast, or too much during the day to limit my calorie intake, but I often lose control at night and eat a lot before bed?
4. I often eat alone or I like eating alone?
5. I try to avoid certain social situations because of food that will be there?
6. I base how I feel about myself on my weight?
7. There is a weight that I feel is correct for me and one that I feel is incorrect?
8. I have days when I don't want to leave the house b/c I am so ashamed of how I look?
9. I try to control the amount that I am eating by measuring or using small plates or bowls?
10. Sometimes I eat when I'm not hungry?
11. Sometimes I don't eat when I am extremely hungry?
12. I feel guilty after I feel that I've eaten too much?
13. When I feel that I have had too much to eat I think that the day is ruined?
14. I only allow myself a certain amount of calories per day?
15. (Follow up question to 14) If I go over the amount of calories that I am allowed per day I have less calories the next day?
16. I save calories/hunger by not eating until I am hungry at dinner so that I can have something sweet later?
17. When I am unhappy with my weight my first instinct is to restrict what I have eaten?
18. I often don't eat until I am full?
19. I eat a lot of snack foods or snack throughout the day instead of eating regular meals?
20. I have been on a diet at one or more times in my life?
21. My weight fluctuates, often over 10 lbs or more?
22. I have created a very rigid eating plan for myself?
If you have answered yes to 5 or more of these question it is likely that you are affected by dieting or the "dieting mindset".
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Kim Halsey is a human resource professional and executive coach who helps people overcome life damaging habits, restore important relationships, and live their dreams without drama.
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