If you are gaining weight but can't quite put your finger on the cause, it can be extremely frustrating. You might have fallen victim to emotional overeating which is a stealthy problem that can creep up on you. It involves eating without realizing you are, and eating without giving it a second thought.
So if this is sounding a bit like you, and you don't know what is causing your weight gain, here are a few top tips to help you recognize emotional overeating in yourself.
Gradual weight gain
If week by week you are standing on the scales and see your weight creeping up, and you can't explain why, this is a key indicator that you are eating through your emotions.
You may not even be aware of your overeating. You might have the best intentions, exercising often and making healthier meals. But extra calories sneak in when you least expect it, especially when you are feeling down or stressed.
Sudden hunger pangs
Your emotions can affect your sense of hunger, giving a false sense of hunger when you experience negative emotions. The telltale signs are cravings for specific foods and immediate hunger for food.
If you were experiencing “true” hunger, that is natural hunger due to your body needing nutrients, then your experience wouldn't be an immediate urge for food, it would be a gradual wave of hunger.
Unless of course you have low blood sugar or haven't eaten in a while.
Scientists are finding a real link between depression and overeating due to emotions. Have a real deep think and find out if you ever feel truly depressed. While you are thinking, focus on what you are thinking and feeling.
What is your coping method when depressed? If what comes to mind is a large plate of comfort food, you may be affected by emotional overeating.
Have a look at your life for events that cause stress. Have you gained weight during those times? It's all about feelings and your response to them. It may seem natural to turn to food to help you cope during stressful times, but you won't feel any better afterwards.
What does eating make you feel? Guilty or ashamed? Feeling like this isn't pleasant and can be a sign of an underlying problem. You really shouldn't be feeling guilty for eating and could be suffering from emotional overeating. Cravings
When you are hungry you are more likely to eat foods that you wouldn't otherwise consider, to satiate hunger pangs. In contrast, during emotional eating you might be laser focused on only eating one type of (usually unhealthy) food.
How to beat emotional overeating
Depending on the severity of your eating problem, you might want to consider seeing a psychologist or counselor.
There is a way to help you beat cravings and hunger pangs while you deal with your emotional problem. That is by taking a safe and effective diet pill known as PhenQ. It is a fat burner, so will help you to lose the weight you have gained as a result of eating through your emotions.
Most importantly it is an appetite suppressant, so it will aid in limiting hunger pangs that can cause you to overeat.
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