Why do bad emotions make you eat more?
When we feel stressed, anxious or depressed, we instinctively want to eat, which is a natural impulse of human physiology. Things affect the synthesis of certain natural chemicals in the human brain, which have a stabilizing effect on human emotions and mental functions, a fact long recognized by nutritional science. At such times we often want to eat cookies, cakes, candy or ice cream and other so-called "comfort food". Such foods are as hard to resist as smoking, drugs and alcohol for many people, and are as addictive as they are uncontrollable, leading to side effects such as weight gain, severe body dysmorphia and even a serious loss of self-esteem. When you overeat or eat improperly from time to time to numb yourself, it leads to even greater guilt, anxiety and stress, creating a vicious cycle.
What can be done about it?
Life is rarely calm, so we have to deal with bad moods all the time and take appropriate measures to stop allowing ourselves to binge on food and let our bodies get out of control!
Check emotions first
As many as 50% of overweight people use food to relieve emotions such as anger, stress and disappointment, are you one of them?
Let's take an emotional survey first, and your answers must be absolutely honest. You will find out how much emotions drive your eating behavior. For example: Do you always want to snack when you are bored? Do you like to eat with your friends even when you are not hungry? Do you want to eat something when you are depressed? You will eat to pass the lonely time? When you are worried about something, do you want to eat? When you encounter divorce, unemployment, illness or broken dreams such as sadness, you are eating to get through the difficult times? Even if you are not hungry, do you still want to eat? Do you feel that eating is to relax yourself and relieve stress? Do you feel that although you are not satisfied with your weight, but still eat too much?
For the above questions, if most of your answers are "yes", you are likely to be seriously disturbed by emotional eating. Whether or not there are other reasons at play, it is important to control the self-destructive nature of emotions.
Slow down your thinking
To change your emotional responses and the eating habits that come with them, you need to slow down, listen carefully to your inner voice, evaluate and change your reactions. Fast-moving thoughts and internal reactions are always one step ahead of emotions. If you are feeling irritated, excited, worried, lost, sad or depressed right now, you must be saying something to yourself. From now on, when you are upset, listen carefully to your inner voice.
Be sure to write down your thoughts. Writing them down will help you look at them more objectively.
If you understand that emotional pain stems from thoughts, you must correct the wrong thoughts. By harnessing the state of your thoughts, you will be better able to adjust your emotions. When questioning automatic thinking, you must likewise ask these four questions: Is this true? Is this in my best interest? Will this protect my health? Will this help me achieve my weight loss goals?
Answer these not-so-simple questions and compare these to reality so that no matter how long your attitude has existed, it can be changed in a relatively short period of time. Use these questions as a watershed to change your unrealistic perceptions, judgments and evaluations of yourself and to stop the self-criticism that is the only way to effectively control the negative emotions that resurrect your binge eating behavior.
Close the emotional floodgates
If pain suddenly appears in your life, you must firmly close the emotional floodgates. Closing the floodgates means stop carrying the problem or pain, and instead confront the problem and clear it away.
If you're carrying around hatred, anger and bitterness, it's because you haven't tried to close the floodgates of these negative emotions to heal the pain of your wounds. If you choose to carry hate, you choose to experience life in a gloomy way and will most likely end up resorting to food for self-soothing.
The purpose of this step is to help you keep your emotional gates open so that you are empowered to deal with life's situations and the associated pain, and not allow binge eating to return and prevent you from achieving your goal of weight control.
In short, appropriate negative emotions can temper your life, but don't indulge in them! Learn to control your thinking, release your stress, and stop letting your emotions get in the way of your figure.
Never underestimate the power of a kind word.
New research shows that women who hear words of affirmation about their figure will either keep the weight off or lose a little more weight; on the other hand, those who always hear family and friends criticize their weight are more likely to give up on themselves.
The research team consisted of a number of social psychologists who chose a sample of female students in college and asked them about their height and age, as well as their perceptions of body image.
After five months, they were asked if they talked to their families about their anxiety about body image, and if the answer was yes, they were tracked for another three months for weight change and their journey during that time.