How to Stop Emotional Eating

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How to Stop Emotional Eating

Have you ever been so depressed that you immediately turn to food for comfort just to ease the heartache? If yes, then you are not alone on this one. Most of the time, people feel the strongest cravings for food when they are lonely and in emotional pain. Some would say it is necessary because eating is what people do to survive. Well, yes it is if you’re trying to survive from hunger. But, if you choose to eat to battle emotional pain, you may have a problem.

Eating too much due to stress or despair can make you feel better for an hour or two. At the end of the day, you’ll come to realize that your dilemma has not been fixed and worse, you just gained weight from trying to get rid of it.  It sabotages your diet and gives you heavier problems instead.

Feeling guilty yet? Here are some ways to avoid emotional eating.

  1. If you’re depressed, call that one person who can make you feel better. Ask him or her to hang out somewhere and then talk about your dilemma. An advice and a hug from that person can keep you from overthinking and help you find a cure for your problems.

  2. If you’re not in the mood to go out or to talk to anyone, then you can setup a healthy environment in your home just to keep yourself busy. You can redecorate your home or if you really want to stay away from eating, get rid of your junk foods and make yourself available the next day to buy low fat and low calorie foods. If budget allows, you can also purchase HCG injections to keep your fit.

  3. Instead of sulking, why not keep yourself busy by exercising. You may find it exhausting, but it is one effective way to avoid food temptations. Exercising can also boost your mood and release feel-good chemicals in your brain.

In summary, keeping yourself busy and focusing on doing the things you love are the most effective ways to avoid emotional eating. It is understandable to long for food every once in a while, but it is not necessary to always make it the center of your attention. Do not prolong the agony and focus on improving yourself more.

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