Do you suffer from comfort eating? Where your emotions dictate what you are going to eat and how much of it.
If you do then you may already know how difficult it can be to lose weight, as your emotions can get in the way of your good intentions.
What can trigger comfort eating?
Basically it is your emotions causing you to eat, with triggers such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness voted as the most common reasons.
With comfort eating, food becomes a crutch that will help get you through your turmoil.
Unfortunately, allowing yourself to comfort eat can have a negative outcome as eating too much can lead to weight gain that will again lead to more comfort eating.
Obviously this roller coaster of comfort eating may lead to obesity and the various health conditions associated with it.
How to stop comfort eating?
Here are some tips to help you beat any bouts of comfort eating:
#1: Try to calm your stress
If you find that stress is one of your triggers for comfort eating then perhaps you could try yoga or meditation as both have been shown to relieve stress.
#2: Watch your cravings
If you have just eaten but still feel the urge to eat maybe the cause of your cravings is your emotions.
#3: Keep a food diary
If you write down when you eat, what you eat and how you are feeling at the time you may come to realise what is triggering your comfort eating.
#4: Get support
If you are unable to control your eating habits then maybe your friends and family will be able to help you deal with your emotions.
#5: Fight boredom
If you are always doing something then you will not get bored, which is one of the triggers for comfort eating.
#6: Take away temptation
If you know that you suffer from comfort eating remove the temptation of those unhealthy foods. You will then be forced to eat healthily rather than reaching for the junk.
#7: Treat yourself occasionally
If your aim is to lose weight you may find that you are depriving yourself too much of the foods you love.
This can lead to you going overboard when you do succumb to comfort eating.
Have the occasional treat but remember portion control.
#8: Learn from your set-backs
Instead of letting your latest slip affect you negatively, simply forgive yourself and move on.
Try to learn why you suffered this latest bout and start afresh ready to prevent it from happening again in the future.
If all else fails you may want to speak to a professional who will be able to help you understand what is causing this comfort eating, and may even be able to help you learn new coping skills.