Why should I avoid thinking of food as a reward if I want to lose weight?

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Laura Katleman-Prue
Nutrition & Dietetics
Thinking of food as a reward is only a problem if you reward yourself too much. When there's no parent there to say, "Hey, honey, you've had enough cookies," the ego's Child (pleasure-seeking impulses) says, "Whoopee! There's nobody here to stop me, so I can have as many cookies as I want." But every Child needs a parent.

Just because you're grown and there isn't an adult telling you when to stop doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want and not pay a price. If you want to permanently solve your weight and food issues, you need to develop the adult inside of you, or that Child's just going to keep chasing after the treats.
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