June 8th, 2018 • 4 min read
Last Updated: August 12th, 2018
Inspiration of the article:
Everybody emotionally eats at some point. No matter what you do it for---the process, or sequence, is still the same. And these sequences of emotional eating must be looked at deeper to better understand your eating habits and find out why you aren't achieving weight loss like you wanted to.
Ask yourself these questions:
Many people do not even realize that they are eating for an emotional reason until it is too late and until their plate full of food is practically already gone. If this sounds like you, then take some time to think back over the last few days or weeks and the meals you have eaten. Think about why you have chosen the foods you did---were there any emotions behind them? Once you start to recognize why you are eating and when, it will then make it much easier for you to make better choices.
When we eat, we are generally feeding 1 of 3 things:
Now, lets have a closer look at the sequences of emotional eating and how we can manage our emotional eating habits by slowing down the processes that deteriorate our weight loss efforts and make changes to our emotional eating patterns.
When it comes to the triggers, the biggest secret is to understand what triggers your emotional eating, looking for alternatives to eating for emotional triggers and questioning your decision before eating. In other words:
Ask yourself: What are you avoiding, and which emotions are they?
Try something else instead of eating. For example, you can go for a walk or read a book.
Ask yourself if you can afford the food: If you eat this food will it put you over your calorie count for the day? But remember, if you want to lose weight you would have to eat less calories than what you are burning.
When it comes to eating, try to eat something healthier.
For example, ask yourself, can I make a better version of the food that I want to have? Can I make a healthier homemade pizza version of a large pizzahut pepperoni pizza instead?
Feeling guilty about eating for emotional reasons can make things even worse.
Here's why: Ask yourself these questions:
Unless you’ve eaten a humongous block of chocolate or a full bag of biscuits, most of the time emotion eating isn’t as bad as we think it is and the calories we are eating are not as much as we thought. Trust me.
Decide if it is ok.
Occasionally emotional eating isn’t really the end of the world.
Being aware that you are eating for an emotional reason really is the first step in controlling it.
Once you identify and acknowledge your emotional eating habits, you will able to start taking charge of your emotions and not letting them control you.
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