Emotional Eating And Its Effects For Weight Loss

June 8th, 2018 4 min read

Last Updated: August 12th, 2018

Emotional Eating And Its Effects For Weight Loss

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Food is not the problem. It’s what we do with food that becomes the problem. That’s why we need to learn to keep everything in our lives – especially our eating – in proper balance. —Joyce Meyer

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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:

  1. What is triggering my emotional eating? Is it sadness? Am I feeling loneliness?
  2. What foods am I eating? Are these the same types of foods that I'm reaching for everything I have an emotion?
  3. Do I feel guilty when I eat foods that I shouldn't? Am I eating abnormally because I feel guilty?

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.

Related: Overeating Makes It Harder To Lose Weight. Here's How To Stop Overeating

When we eat, we are generally feeding 1 of 3 things:

  1. Our body If this is the case then the food is generally healthier.
  2. Our emotional body or soul If this is the case, the food is generally bad.
  3. Our mind It can either be good or bad food.

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.

Related: 10 Ways You Can Fight Against Food Cravings

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?

Related: Here's What Happens To Your Body When You Skip Breakfast


Feeling guilty about eating for emotional reasons can make things even worse.

Here's why: Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Was eating the food worth it?
  2. Can I account or make up for it? For example, can you work out the next day a little extra or can you improve your meal plan for the next day or so to counter the overwhelming consumption of calories you just had?

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.

Read: Top 10 Fruits To Burn Fat Fast

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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