5 Reasons Why You Must Avoid Pleasure Eating

| September 3, 2012 | 1 Comment More
A man engaged in pleasure eating

Pleasure Eating

Are you a pleasure eater? Pleasure eaters are those people who eat solely for the sake of pleasure.

Not everyone who eats for pleasure is a pleasure eater. Eating for pleasure every once in a while with friends or family is totally normal.

However, if you have developed a pattern of eating certain foods for fun at least a few times a week and doing so is damaging your life in one way or another, then you are most likely a pleasure eater.

Pleasure eaters will usually buy and eat certain foods because eating those foods makes them feel in a certain way. For example, some people need to get a “fix” in a form of fast or junk food because of the feeling of comfort and satisfaction it gives them.

Also, a pleasure eater will often prefer to eat alone because they don’t want to be exposed as pleasure eaters and would rather keep their habit a secret.

Notice that I am not talking about compulsive overeating, which is a more serious and dangerous problem where a person eats because of addiction or stress. However, pleasure eating is usually a part of compulsive eating so where one is found, another one will often exist as well.

I don’t think I’m a compulsive overeater, though. I do eat sometimes to alleviate stress and I will often find myself eating out at a fast food restaurant because I like the taste and the way that food makes me feel.

However, the main reason I like eating extra food is the taste, and unlike compulsive overeaters, I can live without it. Compulsive overeater cannot abandon their overeating habit on their own. That’s why I call myself a pleasure eater, and not a compulsive eater.

My pleasure eating habit wouldn’t bother me but I’ve noticed that it leads to negative consequences. I realized that pleasure eating can be very destructive in the long run and I’ve come up with at least 5 reasons why it must be avoided at all cost. I’ll go over each one in detail below.

Reason 1: Pleasure Eating Will Keep You Fat

Unfortunately, the types of foods my body craves are fat and junk foods which are very fattening and high in calories. I now realize that unless I quit eating for pleasure, I can forget about achieving permanent weight loss.

In fact, I have mentioned pleasure eating in the 7 No Bull Weight Loss Rules of Highly Successful Skinny People, where the very first rule states that one must not live in order to eat.

This is easier said than done. Even though I’m aware of the destructiveness of pleasure eating from my past experiences, I am struggling with the urge of pleasure eating almost every day. Pleasure eating is probably one of the biggest reasons why I’m currently weighing over 260 Lb.

Reason 2: Pleasure Eating Will Make You Sick

Like I’ve mentioned already, I am mostly craving fast and junk foods. I’m sure most people do the same. Our bodies simply don’t get satisfaction from fruits and vegetables. Instead, they crave sugar and fat. Sugary and fatty foods give us the most pleasure.

However, sugar and fat are the primary culprits of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Even if you get lucky not to develop any of these horrible deceases, just putting on excess weight will make you much sicker and reduce the quality of your life tremendously.

Reason 3: Pleasure Eating Will Waste Your Time

Getting out of your home just to get food is a very time consuming process. In my case, I have noticed that it’s taking me on average 2 hours to go out and eat a meal.

Even if in your case it will only take you 30 minutes a day (a very conservative estimate), we are talking about 15 hours of wasted time each month.

15 hours are equal to two 8-hour workdays! Just imagine how much you can do in that time. If we look at a more realistic estimate of the time it takes, then we are talking about four 8-hour workdays wasted (1 hour a day) or even eight 8-hour workdays wasted if it takes you 2 hours a day to eat out.

That’s over a week of time wasted! There are only 4 weeks in a month, so wasting a week on pleasure eating is pretty much most of your free time if you are working regular 8 hours a day like most people. This time can be definitely put to a better use.

Reason 4: Pleasure Eating Will Waste Your Money

If you think that fast and junk foods are cheap, think again! For example, an average meal at McDonald’s will cost you from $7 to $10.

That’s a lot of money for the food that is completely lacking in good ingredients (such as vitamins and minerals), contains too many bad ingredients (such as saturated fat and sugar), and weighs only a few hundred grams (because most of that food is stripped of everything that is good for humans which is why it’s so light).

On top of that, you will get hungry again in an hour or so because of the way that food is metabolized. I have done my own research and have come to conclusion that eating self-prepared food will save you at least 50% of the money. And that’s only in money equivalent.

If we factor in the health and quality of life, you are probably overpaying way more than 50% when you eat at fast food restaurants.

Reason 5: Pleasure Eating Will Make You Unproductive

Some of my favorite places to eat are buffets. After all, for someone who loves to eat a lot and who gets a lot of pleasure from it, buffets are a perfect place to satisfy the munchies without breaking the bank. However, I have noticed that every time I eat a lot of food, I become very unproductive.

I get what is called “food fatigue”, which is a state of extreme laziness after eating. It is very difficult to accomplish anything worthwhile after you have had a really big meal.

Food fatigue coupled with the time wasting problem that I’ve mentioned above will make a person very unproductive. This is a serious matter because we are talking of potential inability to accomplish anything at all.

How to Get Rid of the Pleasure Eating Habit

If you are already a pleasure eater, you probably wonder how you can quit this destructive habit. Because I’m a pleasure eater myself, you can follow my weight loss journey and see how I am handling this problem.

As with any habit, there are certain things you can do to get rid of pleasure eating. However, there are no shortcuts and a lot of success must come from psychological conditioning and commitment. I plan to cover most of it in detail when I begin recording my weight loss progress.

Your Turn

Speak up your mind! Are you a pleasure eater? If so, how do you deal with this problem? Can you think of any other reasons why pleasure eating must be avoided? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Tammie Grey says:

    I don’t care if I gain extra fat. I care more about the money I spend on food. Unfortunately, eating a lot is really tempting :(

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