Desperate to Lose Weight Quickly | How You Can Conquer Emotional Eating
Eating is a necessary and enjoyable part of life. Our body requires nutrients from food to provide with energy needed to keep us going. But there are times that we can go overboard with our eating habits and that can result in weight gain and discomfort. One primary cause for consuming more than is needed is emotional eating.
Science has proven that for most people there is a direct connection between eating habits and emotions. The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind. Stress takes its toll on your life. When your defenses are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.
We all have some days that are better than others. And we all have and use different coping mechanisms to help us adapt to emotional stress. How we deal with the bad days and stressful times brings emotional eating into play.
We naturally want comfort for our hurts. Many of us associate certain foods with a form of comfort. These foods may remind us of our childhood – it may be a food that a parent would offer us when we were feeling down, or it may just taste so good that it takes our minds off our present problems.
When we use food for comfort we have found a source that will not judge us, it won’t tell us we were wrong and we caused the problem ourselves, it will instead always be there to console us with its non-conditional comfort.
There are medical and scientific reasons that pleasurable foods can comfort us. The fact is that when we eat a food that we enjoy endorphins can be released. This is like what happens when we exercise. The result is that we feel better. Our stress is lessened, at least for a short time.
Determining if you are an emotional eater takes a little effort. A good idea is to keep a food journal for a period of time. In the journal be sure to include information about the kind of day you had and the emotional state at times of eating meals as well as snacks.
It is also important to add comments about how you felt after you ate. Some people will say they felt better and forgot their troubles but other people will express sadness and guilt about over eating. The point is, a true comfort food should not only provide momentary comfort, it should not cause you to feel guilty or remorseful later.
Emotional eaters need to focus on controlling the stress in their life. Though the end result may have been a weight issue – the real problem is the stress this person is dealing with. Counseling can help and so can some medications.
Learning to make the connection between feelings of stress and a need for food can help an individual recognize times that he should perhaps learn to enjoy a healthy food choice or skip eating for comfort all together and instead, find another activity that will take his mind off the stress.
Coping mechanisms are as individualized as people are. One person may find that walking or yoga works to relieve his stress and another may prefer reading a book or watching a movie. The trick is finding a way to comfort oneself that is healthy.
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