Our stressful lives can leave us feeling emotional. Unfortunately when our emotions are high chances are we will suffer from emotional eating.
If we are unable to conquer emotional eating then we will likely gain weight, which has its own problems.
Luckily there are tips you can use to reduce your emotional eating. Check them out below.
#1: Try to relax
Our first tip to help deal with emotional eating, is to try and reduce your stress levels.
To do this there are a few methods you could try.
Firstly you could try meditation, which will give you time to think and for your entire body to relax.
You could also try breathing exercises too. Try inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth slowly.
Even having a nice warm bath with your favourite book could be quite calming.
#2: Make plans
To give yourself a clear idea of what you want to achieve and to make sure you are successful then you must plan ahead.
Make both short and long-term plans and think of how you are going to deal with any emotions should they arise.
As the saying goes, “Fail to plan, plan to fail”.
#3: Get some exercise
If you are feeling down and are stressed then instead of reaching for food as a pick-me-up, try exercise instead.
Exercise can help release feel-good hormones into your body so should reduce any bouts of emotional eating.
Plus, as a bonus you will be burning calories and taking a step closer to good health.
#4: Allow yourself the occasional treat
If you are trying to lose weight then it can be tempting to completely cut out everything bad from it.
Well, this is a mistake as you will soon start to crave these foods even more. Especially when you are feeling emotional.
Instead of denying yourself, allow yourself the occasional treat. Or better still reward your good behaviour with a small indulgence.
#5: Eat slower
This final tip will ensure that the nutrients found in your food is absorbed properly as it has a better chance of being digested if chewed thoroughly.
Doing so will ensure you are less hungry between meals, so even if emotions do run high you are better able to resist them.
Also, as it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full, eating slowly will ensure fewer calories are consumed during this time.
If you rush your food then chances are you are consuming many more than those who eat slowly.