When you try to lose your weight, emotional eating will be an issue to you. From childhood to adulthood, almost all of us are involved with a kind of emotional eating. Some examples are as follows:
- A child stops crying when we feed something he or she likes.
- We give something to eat to the child to go to school.
- When we meet a friend or relative, we arrange a dinner or enjoy some food and alcohol at a hotel.
- When we feel unrest in our mind, we eat some food or drink to soothe it.
- We arrange a dinner or feast with loved ones to create a memorable event.
Such events or emotions are frequently occurred in our life. But they are problems if you are planning to lose your weight. When we eat a food to relieve from hunger or anxiety, our body releases endorphins – a neurochemical occurring in the brain and having analgesic properties. So, we feel good after we eat it. But such emotional eating may lead to cause many diseases like diabetes, heart problem and even cancer. So, you need to stop it if you are facing a certain type of emotional eating. Below are the 3 steps on how to control emotional eating and lose your weight:
Step 1: Identify Your Emotions
What emotion makes you eat or influences to do the action? Try to figure out one or two before an emotion triggers to eat. If the urge comes up, you can’t figure it out.
Step 2: Know Your Disappointment, Anxiety etc.
Try to know the disappointment, sadness, anxiety when you want to stop emotional eating. They are important to nullify.
Step 3: Plan to Deal with Your Emotions
If you have been for some time with emotional eating, you may be hard to stop it. But if you know your emotion exactly, you can control it. For example, if you have an anxiety that triggers to eat something, you should look for a professional advice or medication to control the anxiety.
Emotional eating may be a habit but a problem to your weight loss journey. You may not be able to avoid of it easily. If the above steps can’t help you to control it easily, get expert’s instructions from the sources you trust.
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