Emotional eating is a big no-no for those who are on a diet. If you want to lose weight, here are some reasons why you should not resort to this.
A lot of people have already heard or used the idiom, “Eat your heart out,” which literally means for a person to eat his emotions away whether it may be good or bad. However, the truth is, eating one’s emotions away is never a good idea because it automatically sabotages a person’s weight loss efforts.
For instance, when a person is emotionally drained or extremely tired, there are some instances wherein that person just wants to laze away in front of the television set and eat ice cream and chips.
In the same way, when a person is extremely happy because he received good news about work or other things, then that person could immediately find a reason to treat himself to a hearty and fattening meal.
However, the point here is very simple. No one should resort to emotional eating, which means no one should eat a lot just because it is what his emotions dictate. The right mind set should be, a person should eat not when he is sad or happy, but when he is hungry.
Why Emotional or Stress Eating is Bad For You
There are a lot of reasons why emotional or stress eating could be bad for you. First of all, this type of eating habit is not good because at this point, food becomes a reward for anything good or bad that happens in one’s life.
Although some people might look at food as a reward, this should not be the case for those who want to lose weight. However, this does not mean that people who want to lose weight should be very strict with their diets. Of course, these people could still eat their favorite meals and desserts, but only in moderation.
Emotional or stress eating is also bad because it encourages a person to rely on food to help make them feel better. When something bad happens, instead of drowning oneself in too much food, it would be better to just release stress at the gym and stick to one’s diet.
Additionally, emotional eating also could not be good for those who want to escape their emotions. If something is troubling you, instead of resorting to your favorite fast food meals, wouldn’t it be better to confront the emotion and deal with it by talking to your family members or friends?
At first glance, these things might seem too good to be true and some people could say that it’s easier said than done and they could definitely be right. However, if you are really serious about your weight loss goals, no amount of positive or negative emotion could impact you too much that will motivate you against it.
How to Control Emotional Eating
The good news is, emotional eating can be controlled because in reality, a person’s desire to eat his heart out doesn’t have anything to do with the heart but with the mind.
This being said, emotional eating can be controlled or avoided if a person’s mind set or sense of motivation is extremely strong. If a person’s mind set is extremely strong, then no amount of negative or positive emotion could change his mind about his weight loss goals.
Additionally, emotional eating could also be controlled if a person does not necessarily restrict himself from eating certain types of food. When this is done, a person becomes more prone to cravings. When cravings strike and when it is coupled with one’s emotions, then there’s a huge chance a person could just give in to it.
So in order to avoid emotional eating, it is best to treat oneself after a good work out and not after receiving positive or happy news.
There is no denying the fact that emotional eating could sabotage one’s weight loss efforts. However, the good news is that this can be prevented or addressed as soon as possible. All you really have to do is be consistent with your weight loss goals and look at it as a long term goal or process.
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