One of the main reasons why you cannot hold on to a diet or lose weight is that you give in to emotional eating. Stress & depression may cause unpleasant emotions like sadness and boredom, which you choose to counter by consuming food. The pleasure that you get from eating may become addictive at which point you are on a straight path to obesity. Instead of using food as an answer to your emotional problems, you can use a natural and effective therapy to help reduce the symptoms of stress & depression.
SIGNS YOU ARE AN EMOTIONAL EATER
Any emotional eater out there does not realize they have a problem until it’s too late. It is difficult to believe that something as comforting as food may have such a negative impact on health if you over- consume it. There are many signs that you are using food as a coping mechanism for your emotions. If you notice that you look heavier than usual, and if you have unconsciously accumulated some extra pounds, you might be an emotional eater. Here are other symptoms that show you may be an emotional eater:
You have a specific craving
When you experience fear or uncertainty, your brain looks for any form of reassurance it may find. Sometimes, the source of comfort may come from one of your favorite foods. Once you use that food to alleviate emotional stress, your brain identifies it as a remedy and becomes addicted to it.
You keep eating long after reaching satiety
Food triggers the reward system in your brain. When you are lonely or feeling purposeless, you may feel that eating solves all your problems. If you continue to eat long after you have a full stomach, you may be an emotional eater.
You eat too quickly
If your brain has developed an addiction to food, it will want to get a comforting reward as soon as possible. This haste may result in you eating too quickly, gaining weight and damaging your digestive system.
You feel guilty about overeating
One of the worst things about being an emotional eater is the feeling of guilt that you experience after gulping down your food. Once your brain feels comfort, you become aware of having eaten too much and in a disorderly fashion. The guilt amplifies when you notice you are gaining weight, so you feel stress and depression again. Soon, you fall into an endless spiral that has you eating even more to diminish the guilt you feel from overeating.
HOW TO HELP REDUCE EMOTIONAL EATING
There are two steps that you need to take to reduce emotional eating:
- Identify the root of your problem. Discover the cause of stress that makes you eat more than you should. Keep a food diary, noting the times of meals and exactly what you ate. This will assist with awareness and the reality of what you are consuming.
- Use Bellabaci Body Cups to support your liver and reduce stress & depression naturally. This highly-effective massage therapy can diminish tension in your muscles and beyond. Through hand-squeezed vacuum suction, you can alleviate the pressure that accumulates in your stomach, which some call the “body’s emotional brain.” Daily massages can help you diminish emotional eating and even lose weight in the long term.