Unhelpful Eating Habits checklist

It’s the way that we eat day-in, day-out that determines what we weigh, and whether we are gaining, losing or staying at the same weight.  Taken together, our overall eating habits lead us to weigh what we weigh.

To change our weight we need to change our eating habits. And if we want to be able to stay at our new weight, we need to change our eating habits permanently.  Habit change can be hard work, but it’s made easier if you change just one habit at a time.

Here’s a list of the most common unhelpful eating habits. Print off the table and tick those that apply to you. Then look at which of the ones you’ve ticked you want to work on first. You’ll find tips on how to make these changes on the website, and if you’d like to work with me in person click here

 

 

Type of unhelpful habitUnhelpful Eating HabitApplies to me?
Eating routineMy eating routine is erratic or non-existent
Eating routineI skip meals quite often to save calories
Eating too muchMy portion sizes are too big
Eating too muchI eat dessert even if I'm already full
Eating too muchI binge on unhealthy foods and can't stop
Eating when not hungryI eat out of habit (e.g. biscuits with tea/coffee)
Eating when not hungryI eat now in case I'm hungry later
Eating when not hungryI eat something just because it's there
Eating when not hungryI eat when bored/ stressed/ agitated/ anxious although I'm not hungry
Eating when not hungryI get cravings for particular foods and give in to them whether hungry or not
Problems with what you're eatingFood I expect to enjoy isn't satisfying so I keep trying other foods
Problems with what you're eatingI have an unbalanced diet

 

Any questions or difficulties with this, send us a question for our upcoming Agony Aunt column and we’ll aim to answer your questions there.

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