What triggers your emotional eating?
Many men and women look to food when upset, anxious or depressed. Obviously this causes a lot of weight gain, combined with guilt and self-loathing at times.
What are the triggers that set you on a binge? Can you identify them so that you can learn to avoid them and/or cope with them? We can help and support you !
I've discovered that emotional eating is a viscious circle. When calories go down, you start to think, sometimes obsess, about food; if those thoughts trigger anxiety, it doesn't go away on its own. Eating is the surest way to soothe the psychological pain. Before you know it you're in the full throes of the cue, urge, reward, habit cycle. What happens? Weight gain. More anxiety. More weight gain.
Even the most BASIC understanding of the psychology behind all of this can really help in overcoming it. Although it's no magic bullet, AWARENESS is a huge component in achieving real and lasting change.
My Coach (fitness, diet, physique) has literally decades of experience with women (and men) experiencing every extreme of emotional eating, often and usually exacerbated by competition dieting. He hits on this topic often, like in this blog:
He's also done a whole video lecture series on "Why Diets Fail:"
Everything triggers my emotional eating: sadness; stress; anxiety; happiness; depression; etc. It has become extremely uncontrollable since I quit smoking a year ago. I just keep trying to compensate. This is especially bad for me since I am a diabetic, and I know the risks.April 9, 2011 - 7:48am