How to Stop Eating Potato Chips: Tips to Stop This Bad Eating Habit

Heather Campbell
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How to stop eating potato chips is something we’d all love to know!

How to stop eating potato chips: Tips to stop this bad eating habitWhen you are at a party, do you head straight for these heavenly potato goodies? Those yummy  potato chips are irresistible. Paprika, salt, pepper and salt, barbecue, cheese, etc., are all great flavors!

And let’s be honest, when you’re at home and there’s nobody around, it’s even worse.

As a whole, potato chips are irresistible with their salt and fast acting carbs which are not easily found in food. To stop eating potato chips, remove all temptation, indulge in healthier snacks, and exercise more to remove cravings, or treat it as any other addiction and seek professional help.

Those yummy chips are in the cupboard. And you get together with your loved one to watch a good movie or series. So what do you do? Rip open that delicious bag of potato chips.

You only meant to have a handful, but eventually, you just keep on munching away until the bag is completely empty.

Does this story sound familiar to you?

Can’t leave a bag of potato chips lying around somewhere in the house? Does it make your mouth water when you think about it?

Then read on so you can resist those unhealthy snacks!

How to stop eating potato chips: Introduction

Why are potato chips addictive? Potato chips actually consist of two elements that are addictive to humans:

  • salt, and
  • fast carbs.

Salt and fast carbohydrates are what we need as humans and are hard to find in nature.

There is much debate whether potato chips can be as addictive as, say, drugs.

Many agree that food addiction is just as real as some drug addictions (whether it’s chips, popcorn, meat, donuts, chocolate, pasta, or even healthy food).

In addition, manufacturers also try very hard to add the right balance of salt, fat, and fast carbohydrates to make sure you buy not 1 but 2 or 3 bags of chips. Anything to maximize profits, right?

Binge eating with potato chips: Are you addicted?

According to the theory, to truly speak of an addiction to chips, you must meet the following conditions.

  • You eat a lot of chips at least once a week, even if you are not hungry or even full already.
  • You do this for at least 3 months in a row.
  • So you’re actually eating a hearty portion of potato chips at least 12 times over 12 weeks.
  • After eating the chips, you may feel guilty and suffer from feelings of shame.
  • When you promise yourself to really eat fewer chips now, you almost always break that promise.

An eating disorder such as potato chip addiction can be very impulsive and compulsive.

This is an impulsive addiction to potato chips when, for example, you go to the store to do some shopping and, without planning it, buy several bags of potato chips anyway.

On the other hand, if this is a compulsive addiction to potato chips, you just feel a craving to eat the chips. In that case, your visit to a supermarket is simply incomplete if you haven’t bought some chips.

Causes of potato chip addiction

Scientific studies of eating addictions show that certain personal factors and characteristics can contribute to an addiction to food, such as:

  • Your gender (women are more prone to an eating addiction than men)
  • Being depressed
  • Being sensitive to fear
  • Drinking more than average soda compared to other individuals

Depression, in particular, is a predictor of having an addiction to food and, therefore, possibly also an addiction to potato chips.

By identifying the cause of your addiction to potato chips, you have a much better chance of effectively stopping the habit.

For example, are you sensitive to anxiety? Then it is wise to treat your fears, and then eventually, you may naturally feel less like eating chips to get rid of the fear.

Do you drink a lot of soda? If so, it may be wise to start a healthier drinking pattern now so that addiction to potato chips is less likely to succeed.

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Tips against potato chips addiction

If you are addicted to potato chips, you can try to change the behavior yourself before going to treatment by a psychologist or hypnotherapist.

You can try the tips below to get rid of your potato chip addiction:

Get all the potato chips out of your home

Perhaps you live with other people, and then this tip is less easy to put into practice. But when chips are in the house, you just can’t stay away from them.

So do an inspection tour of your home and be merciless. Check the contents of all your cabinets, the storage room, pantry, basement, and garage. Throw away any bags of potato chips you can find.

If someone in your house doesn’t want to give them up, tell them to keep them in their room and eat them there.

Replace potato chips with a healthy snack

Snacking and nibbling are hard to stop.

Fortunately, you can substitute eating chips for snacking on something else.

For example, pieces of apple, pear, raw cauliflower, raw cucumber, or even raw carrots.

You’ll still have your snack moments, but instead of unhealthy potato chips, you will feed your body with healthy ingredients.

Drink 1 large glass of water if you get a craving for potato chips

Are you hungry and in the mood for potato chips? Then chances are you’re actually thirsty.

As soon as your fingers itch to pull open a bag of chips, you should pour out a large glass of water for yourself and drink it at one go.

This can be incredibly cathartic and refreshing, often causing the cravings to disappear.

Go for more walks to relax

Do you suffer from stress and start eating chips because of it? Then grab your walking shoes and take a walk around the block when your fingers start itching for chips.

Walking helps to take your mind off things and become more creative, allowing you to solve the problem that is causing stress more smoothly.

Good to know: Walking also helps reduce the muscle tension you can get from stress (as a result of the stress hormones you produce).

Overcoming potato chip addiction with treatment

Are all the above tips not really working to overcome your addiction to chips?

Then it’s time to bring out the heavier artillery.

To treat an addiction to potato chips, you can use several techniques, such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Mindfulness

We discuss these 3 techniques in more detail below:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of therapy usually used to help people get rid of addictions.

This therapy is used to stop less severe addictions such as cigarette addiction. It can also help stop severe addictions such as cocaine addiction.

We look at the beliefs that cause you to be addicted to potato chips during cognitive behavioral therapy.

Next, it is explored whether those beliefs make sense… This can be done, for example, with a “Socratic Conversation.”

Hypnosis

Hypnosis enhances cognitive behavioral therapy, so you get even faster results (if you combine hypnosis with cognitive behavioral therapy).

In addition, there are typical treatments that a hypnotherapist uses but that are not widely used in cognitive behavioral therapy.

For example, it may involve post-hypnotic suggestions. For example, these may read as follows:

  • “The next time you get a big craving for potato chips, first of all drink a big glass of water.”
  • “If you are suffering from anxiety or panic, first take 10 deep breaths in and out instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips.”
  • “The next time I feel the frustrations and stress bubbling up, I will go for a jog or exercise instead of taking a seat on the sofa and eating chips paired with a good movie.”

Such suggestions may reduce the urge to eat potato chips.

Good to know: The suggestions above will not necessarily work for you. But not to worry! In fact, a hypnotherapist can give advice that does fit your beliefs and your triggers to eat chips.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is excellent if you are an impulsive rather than a compulsive eater of chips.

As soon as the YOLO thought enters your mind and you run to the cupboard to grab those delicious chips, take a few deep breaths to let it sink in what you’re actually doing. That’s being mindful of your eating habits.

Being mindful makes you more likely to recognize thoughts that lead you to eat potato chips.

In the process, mindfulness can also help you make the taste of potato chips less addictive.

After all, have you ever paid close attention to how chips feel in your mouth in terms of texture and what they really taste like? Basically, you’re just eating a big bite of fat with some spices and salt.

Mindful eating helps you become more aware of the taste and figure out how good you think potato chips actually are.

This will eventually allow you to see that eating potato chips is an addiction and that you don’t even really like potato chips per se. This makes it easier to just leave the chips and ignore them instead of eating them as quickly as possible.

Regression therapy to identify the cause

Not sure what’s causing your addiction to potato chips? Hypnosis can also be a solution in this case.

Through regression therapy, the moment can be found when eating potato chips became an addiction.

This may even be totally separate from the potato chips. However, many people who undergo regression treatment are truly surprised by the outcome.

During regression treatment, you can view this moment with more and sufficient emotional distance.

This ensures that beliefs created by this moment can be more easily broken.

How to stop eating potato chips: Conclusion

An addiction to potato chips is bad for your body, weight, and health. Using the above tips, we hope to be of service so that you can successfully kick the habit of fatty, unhealthy potato chips.

Beware: Tasting some potato chips now and then doesn’t do much harm in itself. But as soon as you notice impulsive or compulsive eating behavior, you need to intervene!

Good luck with your struggle!

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About Heather Campbell

As a dietitian, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More