Many people who turn to Weight Loss Surgery, have at some point, encountered emotional eating. This is where times of stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety and other factors that we’ll go in to cause the sufferer to over eat.
We can divide the Situations and emotions that trigger us to eat into five main categories.
Social. Eating when around other people. For example, excessive eating can result from being encouraged by others to eat; eating to fit in; arguing; or feelings of inadequacy around other people.
Emotional. Eating in response to boredom, stress, fatigue, tension, depression, anger, anxiety, or loneliness as a way to “fill the void.”
Situational. Eating because the opportunity is there. For example, at a restaurant, seeing an advertisement for a particular food, passing by a bakery.
Eating may also be associated with certain activities such as watching TV, going to the movies or a sporting event, etc.
Thoughts. Eating as a result of negative self-worth or making excuses for eating. For example, scolding oneself for looks or a lack of will power.
Physiological. Eating in response to physical cues. For example, increased hunger due to skipping meals or eating to cure headaches or other pain.
To identify what triggers excessive eating in you, keep a food diary that records what and when you eat as well as what stressors, thoughts, or emotions you identify as you eat. You should begin to identify patterns to your excessive eating fairly quickly.
Now, here is a thing. Overeating, and indeed emotional eating may not be your fault! Why? Here’s why…
When you are stressed, your body secretes a hormone called cortisol. As well as encouraging weight gain around the mid section. It causes imbalances the makes the sufferer crave sugary, salty foods and usually carbohydrates
Also, if you are overly fatigued, becasue sugar gives you that instant fix, its easy to get dependent, however, sugar causes the insulin spike that causes fat to be stored and on an energy level, once the sugar hit wears off, you’ll crash, feeling worse than ever.
Finally whats happening with your leptin gauge? Leptin is the Fat burning hormone that tells your brain when you are full. If you are over eating the wrong things, eventually, you could get leptin resistant. This hormonal imbalance can mean that your brain, never really knows when you are full, so you keep eating…see, told you it wasn’t your fault!
How to Stop Emotional Eating
Identifying when you overeat is half the battle, next you can do alternative activities to distract yourself, things like:
– Writing down how your feeling when you eat
– Taking a Walk
– Drink a Pint of Water
– But nothing changes until you rebalance those hormones. Doing things like
– Stopping sugar
– Spreading your meals out through the day
– Not Snacking
– Not Eating Before bed
– Getting some good physical activity in
– Balancing your Macronutrients (Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats)
Get this done and you’ll never need to diet again.
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