Emotional Eating and
Emotional eating and
weight control go hand-in-hand. Here's what you need to know to start geting emotional eating under
control before it wrecks your weight control efforts again.
If you are
overeating the chances are that you relate to food differently from people who
are naturally slim. Most people who are
naturally slim see food only as fuel for the body, which in essence is all it
is. It is very likely that you are overeating for
reasons other than being hungry.
A major reason that
drives many people to overeat is that they use food to deal with
emotional issues, whether they are aware of them or not.
Read on to learn why
so many people overeat in response to emotional issues and how you can overcome
emotionally driven overeating.
Those of us who
overeat to deal with our emotions do so for two different reasons. We
could either be;
Food as a Coping Mechanism
Sometimes we can find ourselves doing "too much" of
something. For example, too much work, too much shopping, too much smoking,
too much gambling, or, you guessed it, too much eating. Whenever we find this happening
it's a good bet that we are attempting to distract ourselves
from an emotional feeling we have inside of us: An emotional feeling that we don't want,
or know how, to deal with.
What might these emotional feelings be? Well, we could be
feeling any emotion such as; bored, angry, sad, stressed, or frustrated for example. We typically
might not even be consciously aware of the feeling that we're distracting
ourselves from or know what to do about it if we are
Never-the-less, for many, overeating is a common way of temporarily distracting ourselves from something we may be feeling inside
that we do not like or understand.
>Using food to cope with our emotions
(feelings that we have inside of us), or have
Formed an emotional attachment to food.
"temporarily" is emphasized, because of course the only feeling that eating can
really satisfy is that of physical hunger. It will not, can not, permanently
take away any other feeling that we may be experiencing. Once the over-eating is
finished, you are still left with the emotional feeling that you were trying to distract yourself from before you started eating
in the first place.
You can go on all
the fad diets you like but if you are using eating as a way to distract
yourself from an emotion (feeling inside of you), you will never get your weight
under control. You will be condemned to experiencing your relationship to food as a
perpetual struggle. A struggle that you are doomed to loose armed only with the
will power of your Conscious Mind.
Read on to learn how
Emotional Attachments to Eating
can drive our overeating and what can be done to prevent emotional issues blocking our weight control efforts.
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