Even the most well-intentioned dieter can be sabotaged by her emotional eating. Eating for any reason besides hunger is considered emotional eating, and it can be a diet nightmare. Usually, emotional eaters turn to fatty or sugary foods because they are bored, upset or depressed and want to receive gratification from their food. In addition to usually causing poor food choices, it also leads to over-eating.
Emotional eating can become a cycle because the poor diet choices and set-back in weight loss goals triggers more feelings of self-loathing and depression, which are triggers for emotional eating.
The best way to keep emotional eating under control is to recognize triggers. Once those are recognized, emotional eaters can stop and think before eating, and ask, “Am I really hungry? Am I eating for energy and nutrition?”
Common triggers for emotional eating
When classifying emotional eaters, many only consider depression or low self-esteem to be factors, but even celebratory eating is emotional eating. It’s important for all dieters to remember that any kind of eating that has a purpose besides fueling the body is considered emotional eating and can be detrimental to weight loss goals.
Some of the most common triggers include conflict in a close relationship, work-related stress, boredom and loneliness. Before reaching for the chips or ice cream, remember that the emotions always return, and the next time they return they will be exacerbated by residual guilt from the last emotional binge.
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Handling stress and other triggers
Identifying the root of the problem is key, as is working to overcome the stress or boredom that causes the late-night cake batter binge or the morning doughnut overload. Exercise can be an excellent tool to tame stress or combat boredom.
Partaking in enjoyable physical activities such as sports, yoga or running keeps dieters away from the pantry and burns calories. Best of all, joining a team or taking a class can be a great way to meet new friends – friends who can keep you motivated to stay on your diet plan.
If you feel your emotional eating is really out of control and the underlying problem is too much to bear, consider seeing a therapist to work through the emotions that lead you to eat.