Struggling with emotional eating? Is emotional eating messing with your weight loss plan? If so, you are not alone. This is one of the top issues many people deal with and sadly, one that can ultimately derail your weight loss efforts. How can you fight back? How can you beat emotional eating once and for all? Here are a few tips to help get you started…
1. Use A Journal. One of the best tried-and-true techniques to combat emotional eating is to start journaling. When you feel the urge to eat, sit down and write in a journal all you are feeling to help you understand your thoughts more clearly. Don’t want to put pen to paper? You can do this on your computer or smartphone instead. This way, it doesn’t matter where you are, you can keep an accurate record of the stress you are feeling.
Writing your thoughts down is often a way to release the desire for sugary foods. In turn, it can help you become more aware of the emotional stress you are attempting to bury with food and look at another way to handle it.
2. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind. Which brings us to our next point, putting the foods you typically eat when you need a fix, out of sight. If you know there are cookies in your pantry, and that is what you like to use for a fix, you need to remove those. If the comfort foods are not around, you will not be drawn to them and so will not be tempted.
Likewise, avoid any other typical offenders. This may mean only keeping healthy items in your pantry and refrigerator: until you feel you have a hold over your emotional eating, it is something you must do.
3. Decide To Stop and Deal with Your Stress. Finally, decide to take back control. Tell yourself you will work through the stress you are feeling instead of turning to food. Stress followed by emotional eating is associated with weight gain in Type 2 diabetics, and it can also lead to heart disease and hypertension.
It may be painful, and it may not be what you want to do but feeling those emotions – dealing with them – is the only way to get past emotional eating. It is going to take courage on your part to go this route, but if you want to combat emotional eating, it is best just to learn how to deal with those emotions without food. Address them head on and do not look for a way to only escape.
If you put these emotional eating tactics into place, it should not be long before you can put this problem behind you. And when you do, weight loss will have never felt more comfortable.