Sometimes the strongest cravings occur when you’re at your weakest point emotionally. You may consciously or unconsciously turn to food to find comfort when faced with a difficult problem, feel stressed, or even bored. To leave stress or emotional eating behind, you must both sense your emotions and find a productive solution to release them. The good news is that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back to your weight-loss goals.
Then the next time you have a stressful situation, you might tell yourself I’m really mad, but if I eat to calm myself down, I’ll also be upset about my weight. Although some people eat less when faced with strong emotions, when you are in emotional distress, you can switch to impulsive eating or binge eating and quickly consume whatever suits you without enjoying it. Such a good article, lots of excellent ideas to distract you from eating and when you eat to eat mindfully, and I love the 20-20-20 idea, I’ll definitely try that out, I’ve started eating everything in a bowl with a teaspoon, which slows me down. Eating in the company of others is a great way to spend meals. If you live alone, you could even consider video chatting with friends or family during meals.
The effect is temporary, the emotions return and you are then likely to carry the added guilt if you postpone your weight loss goal. For example, you could blindfold yourself or close your eyes while enjoying a piece of chocolate or a scoop of ice cream. I suffer from emotional eating and especially when I’m having a busy day or something has gone wrong, it’s easy to pick up the takeout menu or head to the cookie jar. Find out how emotional eating can sabotage your weight loss efforts and get tips to get on top of your eating habits.
I really liked the article and what is very important for me is developing the habit of eating mindfully. Therapy can also help you find out if you have an eating disorder that can be linked to emotional eating. It’s also important that you try to eliminate feelings of guilt that may arise during or after an episode of comfort or emotional eating. It can also lead to an unhealthy cycle, your emotions trigger you to overeat, you beat yourself up for straying from your weight loss plan, you feel bad and you overeat again.