Contrary to what so many people believe, fat-shaming doesn’t help people lose weight. For too long, weight gain has been blamed solely on a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle, but there are other factors at play.
Your emotional well-being has a huge impact on your physical health, including your weight. Time and again, studies have shown that people who deal with anxiety and depression are much more likely to gain weight than others.
Emotional eating happens when people turn to food for comfort when faced with stress or sadness. While some may stop after a chocolate bar or two, others find themselves in a vicious cycle where their meals become larger and unhealthier, causing them to put on unwanted weight.
If you find yourself running to a tub of ice cream in the fridge every time something bad happens, then it’s time you take action.
Use these strategies to curb emotional eating:
Identifying emotional triggers can be difficult for someone who finds themselves ordering fatty meals every other day. To start off, use a food diary to keep track of what you’ve been eating, how much you ate, and how you were feeling when you decided to eat.
By doing this, you’ll be able to identify patterns that prompt you to seek certain foods. For example, if you find yourself indulging in a juicy hamburger because you had a bad day at work, you need to find a better way to deal with work stress.
Emotional eating is an impulse. So the next time you feel the urge to chow down on a hearty meal because you had a bad day, take a deep breath and find something else to do.
The distraction doesn’t have to be anything extraordinary; it can be as simple as going for a long walk, calling a friend to have a quick chat, or stepping into a balcony to get some fresh air. Do what you can to get your mind off food, and whatever it is that’s causing it.
If you’re struggling to control your urges to indulge in food, consider seeing a professional. Partaking in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will help you identify negative thinking patterns, so you can replace them with constructive behaviors.
Weight loss doesn’t need to be a daunting struggle. Making small, attainable changes to your behavior and lifestyle is much more effective in achieving sustainable weight loss.
Our nutrition and weight loss course educates people about living a healthier life by making them conscious about their diet, exercise regimen, and other unhealthy behaviors that cause you to put on weight, including emotional eating.
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