Do you Eat when you’re not even hungry? Do you Overeat or mindlessly munch? Do you Skip meals or forget to eat? Do you Eat late at night? Do you Crave sweets? If your answer to most of these questions is ‘Yes’ the real question is Do you Stress Eat?
Stress at times, leads you to eating beyond your appetite and creates an Overeating Problem. Learning how to deal with this is one of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
We don’t always eat to satisfy hunger. We also turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward. Truth is, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. It usually makes you feel worse. Learning to recognize your emotional eating triggers is the first step to breaking free from food cravings and compulsive overeating.
Stress comes from so many aspects; your hectic life, job, home, exams, drive to work, family problems, marriage, children, domestic issues (your help has taken an unscheduled off), food, and weight gain-loss, etc. When stress becomes chronic, it is more difficult to lose weight. Good news is – a dietary change could help our bodies’ respond better to stress.
Stress and Overeating
Your urge to eat more during stressful events is not the only reason why you overeat. The issue comes down to finding your stop button. Not just for overeating, but also for stress. As you learn to be aware of what and how much you eat, you must also find the root cause of stress and try to take care of it. Stress can have a powerful effect on your appetite and food cravings. Stress affects the way your body chooses healthy foods, how you digest those foods and how you absorb nutrients. Poor diet contributes to stress, which, in turn, contributes to a poor diet. For a number of people, food becomes a mechanism for coping with stress.
Are you an emotional stress eater or a restrictive eater?
The Emotional Eaters turn to food when feeling anxious and have a tendency to overeat at every meal. Or they may put off eating until dinner, and then they overindulge.
The Restrictive Eaters restrict their food intake, which increases their stress because they forbid themselves from eating specific foods. These eaters diet frequently, and set themselves up for binging, stress-related eating and life-long weight fluctuations.
There are many theories, but the truth is, your weight is not the reason why you overeat. We all overeat some time or the other and there are similar triggers for both normal and overweight individuals. The key is losing weight and keeping it off and making wellness part of your life; attaining a state of complete physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Learning to cope with this fact will help you accept who you are, move towards becoming healthier without a feeling that you’re missing out on something. As you continue to make better decisions little by little, you’ll gradually replace bad habits with good ones which will eventually lead you to feed your true hunger which only you, not food, can do.
Handling stress is as individualized as the person experiencing it. What works for one person may not necessarily work for you. But, by becoming aware of stress in your life, you’re at least starting to take control. This can go a long way in helping you keep stress at bay.
– Tripti Tandon Founder & Chief Nutritionist – ‘Tripti’s Wellness 1’ & ‘I Eat Right’.
Expert in the field of Clinical Nutrition, Naturopathy, Child Obesity, Weight Loss management for Men & Women, Karmic and Self Healing.
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