You may notice, but sometimes you may have your strongest appreciate when you are in emotional distress. You may turn to food for comfort, consciously or unconsciously- when dealing with a difficult problem or feeling stressed or even bored.
You may not even realize that you are emotionally eating, one clue may be that you are gaining weight, and you do not no why. You should not just assume that it is because you lack exercise, or you are getting older.
Emotional eating can comprise your weight-loss efforts. Emotional eating often results in someone over-eating or eating too much of high-calorie, sweet and fat foods. The positive news is that if you are prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain authority of your diet and get back on track with your weight-loss goals.
Is there a connection between mood, food, and weight loss:
Emotional eating means that you are consuming food as a method to suppress or provide comfort for adverse commotions, such as stress, fear, anger, sadness, boredom, and loneliness. Major life events or commonly hassles of daily life can trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss effort. The trigger may include:
- Work stress
- Health Problems
- Financial pressures
- Relationship conflicts
Even though some people will eat less when dealing with strong emotions, if you are in emotional distress you may turn to an impulsive or binge eating, quickly consuming whatever is convenient without enjoyment.
If your emotions can become so tied to your eating habits that you automatically reach for a treat whenever you are upset or stressed without thinking about what you are doing.
Food also serves as a diversion: If you are worried about an upcoming event or con file, for instance, you may concentrate on eating comfort food rather than dealing with the pain of a situation.
Regardless of the emotion: drive you to overeat, the result is in most cases the same. The emotions return, you will likely fee additional feelings of guilt because you lapsed on your diet or weight loss goal. This can also lead to an unhealthy cycle – your emotion triggers you to overeat, you should not beat yourself up for getting off your weight-loss track, since you feel sorry, you overeat again.
You should have self- comparison as the fist step to understanding that there are better ways of coping with your problems than eating.
Tips that would help your weight:
Keeping a food diary by writing everything down what you eat, and when you eat, how your feeling when you are eating the food and how hungry you are. Over time, you will notice patterns that reveal the connection between mood and food.
Manage your stress – If your stress level contributes to your emotional eating, stress management technique, such as yoga meditation or deep breathing.
Identifying if your hunger physical or emotional : If you just ate a few hour ago and your stomach is not rumbling, you may not be hungry, Give time for that craving to pass
If your emotional eating you should get support, You can lean on family, friends or consider joining a support group.
Boredom: Instead of snacking when you’ re not hungry, distract yourself and substitute a healthier behavior. Do other activities such as go for a walk, watch a film, go out to book a store, play with your pet, call a friend.
It can be hard for you resist comfort foods in your home, If you feel angry or down, you should hold off going to the grocery store until you feel better.
Don’t Deprive Yourself – When you are trying to lose weight you may potentially limit calories to excessively, or eat the same foods repeatedly and banish treats. This may just serve to increase your food craving and specifically in response to emotions.
Snack healthy: If you feel the urge to eat between meals choose a low-fat, low-calorie snake, such as fresh fruit, vegetables with low-fat dip, or you buttered popcorn.
You should seek professional help: eating, consider therapy with a mental health expert, therapy can be use to help you understand why you are emotionally eating, help you learn coping skills. Therapy can help you discover if you have an eating disorder.