Emotional eating is one of the top reasons why many people are overweight. Food is seen as a means of comfort for people when they are feeling stressed, sad, lonely or even bored. Even though after turning to food, and having ate a lot, instead of feeling better, they are left with a feeling of shame or guilt. If you seem to have this similar problem, then here some things that may help you cope with it.
The first thing you want to do is find someone whom you can confide in. Instead of turning to food as your source of comfort look for a friend or trusted person whom you can talk to. This will help you express the emotions you are feeling, and find a way to cope with them. Talking to someone will help avoid turning to food all the time. Anytime you are feeling down, your instinct will then tell you to call on that person, instead of calling on food.
Make it a habit to eat at the table when it’s time to eat a meal or even a snack. Avoid sitting in your bed or doing it while you are watching television. These things will cause you to eat, even after your body is telling you that it is full.
Eat your food slowly. When you eat fast, you do not give your body time to tell you it is full. That is why when you eat a big meal, afterward you feel so full, you can hardly move. Chewing your food correctly, and eating small bites, can allow you to know when your stomach is full, and no longer wanting any more food.
You must learn to identify if what you are feeling is an emotional hunger or if it is a physical hunger. You are still required to eat food daily. You do not want to avoid it. You just do not want to overdo it. When your body is telling you it is hungry then eat.
These are a few tips which can help you stop the emotional eating. The key is to learn to identify your emotions and what is causing them. Find out if it is work, your spouse, or even a child, so that you may figure out a better way to deal with these emotions.