How To Beat Emotional Eating
When you reach for food, are you really hungry? If you are overeating and overweight, ask yourself what’s eating you? Did you know from recent research that a staggering 68 percent of South African women aged 15 and older are obese or overweight? It is estimated that as much as 75 percent of overeating may be triggered by feelings rather than genuine physical hunger.
Emotional eating is about eating specific foods at specific times, for psychological comfort and there are several reasons for that is our past association with certain foods and situations, which make eating them a way to manage and cope.
If as a child you had yummy treats then guess what you will want when you are feeling emotional or low. Good memories.
It’s not real physical hunger.
Each time you reach for food ask yourself three quick questions:
What’s driving me….hunger or my feelings?
Am I perhaps just thirsty and being thirsty can often be misinterpreted as hunger. Research and studies have found that 60 percent of the time, people will respond to thirst by eating rather than drinking. So before eating anything, drink a glass of water and wait ten
Are you sleep deprived lack of sleep can increase your levels of ghrelin, a hormone that boosts appetite. I am sure many of you have experienced this – you have had a late night and the next day you are starving.
When eating becomes our prime strategy to manage emotions and our waistlines expand, it is crucial to face up to it and take action.
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