Surprisingly, positive emotions are more likely to cause overeating than negative ones, according to food and psychology expert Dr Brian Wansink. In a poll, he discovered 86 per cent were likely to turn to their favourite foods when they were feeling happy.
Ways to beat it
- Mark the occasion with a non-food treat - Celebrate Friday with a bunch of flowers instead of a takeaway, or a small glass of bubbly in a hot bath rather than a gut-busting meal out.
- Go for quality not quantity - Spend the same amount on better quality food but enjoy less of it. You might have a small taster of smoked salmon rather than fish and chips, or enjoy one glass of decent wine rather than a bottle of something cheaper.