I find that for people who struggle with sticking to a plan of action, or staying motivated with their health goals and who also struggle with addictive eating habits, addressing both the current and often hidden past accumulation of stress is absolutely critical in achieving lasting success with health goals.
For addictive habits like binge eating and emotional eating, I would agree that emotional stress is a primary contributor as well. You have to know how to stop emotional eating and stop overeating if you want to lose weight and keep it off successfully.
Emotional eating and overeating can’t really satisfy an insatiable appetite anyway. And whether or not you’ve been trying to use emotional eating to soothe feelings of stress, depression, loneliness, frustration or boredom, in the long run, overeating to feed those feelings only makes them worse.
But learning how to stop overeating and control emotional eating can support healthy permanent weight loss and make you feel powerful. You probably already know that overeating high-fat, high-calorie, sweet, salty and unhealthy bad carbs won’t fill that empty void inside for long.
Most of us learn emotional eating at a very young age. We get into the habit of using food to sooth stressful feelings, alleviate boredom, reward and comfort ourselves, boost our sprits and celebrate with others.But even though almost everyone’s overeating, you don’t have to.
Understanding the connection between emotions and eating reveals how behavior can impact weight. Becoming aware of the impact that emotional eating may play in a weight-loss attempt is the first step. If emotional eating is an issue, developing ways to cope without food is vital for lasting weight loss.