Weight gain: Are your emotions to blame?


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What is Emotional Eating?

We all know the feeling of eating just because we are feeling a certain way and not necessarily because we are hungry. Eating to fill a void or to make us feel better is the simplest way to explain emotional eating.

Emotional eating happens to all of us, at one time or another. Emotional eating is a double-edged sword. We may initially eat something unhealthy because we are feeling blue and then feel doubly guilty afterward.

Emotional eating feels good while we are doing it, but may wreak havoc on our diets, our health, and our minds. As the underlying problem goes unresolved, we simply cannot undo the overeating. There are deep underlying feelings behind emotional eating. Without delving into what is behind those emotional feelings, the continuous pattern of eating to feel better will continue.

How Emotional Eating Can Affect Your Weight

Eating can be a distraction to what you have on your mind. Emotional eating can occur for various reasons:

* Stress

* Emotional Upset

* Boredom

* Guilt

For some, the only way to relieve stress is by eating. Have you ever noticed that you are really stressed about something and you turn to comfort food for soothing? A comfort food may be in the form of a favorite childhood dessert or a really gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese. In any event, soothing stress by eating is all too common and can be the cause of some serious weight gain if this becomes an all too familiar habit.

Many individuals that turn to comfort food for support never learn to trust themselves to get the help and support they need whether in the form of family or friends or even the help of a professional. Therefore, their only means of support is food, which can start an emotional overeating cycle.

Emotional eating also has an adverse effect on your health. More often than not, emotional eating includes choosing mostly foods that are not good for you such as fast foods, desserts or foods that are high in carbohydrates. What makes it even worse is the fact that once you have gone into emotional eating mode, and then feeling guilty, a vicious cycle begins. Weight gain will only compound the problem and contribute to it further, leaving you in a lose/lose situation.

If you feel you are caught in the emotional eating cycle, then it is important to reach out and get the help you need and deserve.


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