Daily challenges and emotional traumas dating back to the childhood may trigger the so-called emotional eating. People eat much (usually unhealthy food) to calm down and feel safe. A bar of chocolate to relieve stress seems to be harmless at first sight. However, once you’ve started managing the problems with the help of foods, you are almost sure to end up being an overweight or even obese person suffering from depression. So, you’ve already understood that comfort eating is not the way out.

There are numerous ways of coping with stresses and emotional traumas without food. All you have to do is to decide that you are fed up with such a lifestyle and set the right goal. We’ve collected some most effective ways of stopping emotional eating.

Why do people choose food to relieve stress?
Constant pressure at work and problems at home make you look for at least something that may give you pleasure, not stress. Foods, especially sweets, are among the most popular means to relieve stress. They are rich in fast carbohydrates, which stimulate the release of endorphins. Hence, such foods make us feel satisfied and happy shortly after we’ve had a meal, a quick relief so to say.

How to take control of the situation?
There are several ways you can drop your unhealthy habit and get back to the norm:

  • Don’t blame yourself for making mistakes. Failing to cope with a problem may make you feel guilty and somehow faulty. However, temporary failures shouldn’t make you think that the trouble is in you. Remember, everyone makes mistakes, it’s absolutely normal.
  • Don’t hide from your emotions. A fear of feeling sad, lonely or angry may provoke stress eating. Give way to your feelings. If you are sad – cry, if you are angry – scream, if you are happy – laugh. Be free in expressing emotions and you won’t need to eat because of stress.
  • Do the things you like. Start with small things like eating a tasty fruit in the morning, going out with friends or just watching a nice movie. Make your life pleasant.
  • Write down everything you eat. Sometimes we don’t even notice how much food we consume throughout the day. Make a list of foods you eat, including the size of portions. It will help you to control yourself and gradually diminish the size of portions and the amount of food.
  • Exclude anything that may distract your attention while eating. Sitting in front of the TV with a full plate of French fries you are sure to eat up everything and add some more. However, if you concentrate on the food you eat and try to feel the taste of every bite, you may eat less.

Weight loss tips
Those who have successfully coped with the emotional side of the issue may start managing the consequences of emotional eating. Inner changes will help you to start changing your appearance. And vice versa, your new look will improve your emotional condition. The process of weight loss is not quick. However, the end result is definitely worth it! To lose weight you have to:

  • Increase your physical activity. Walking in a park or swimming or any other kind of sports may significantly reduce your weight and improve your mood at the same time.
  • Eat healthily. Fruits, vegetables, lean meat, poultry, nuts and a great number of other tasty and useful foods should be included in your daily ration. If you want to eat something sweet, choose some fresh or dried fruits instead of a cake. Furthermore, a piece of dark chocolate may also be useful.
  • Drink enough water. To sustain a healthy electrolytes balance, feel fresh and healthy, you have to drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day. Besides, drinking water is a wonderful way not to feel hungry. In addition, enough liquid will prevent your skin from sagging during the weight loss process.

Any weight loss program works differently for different people. Try to choose a program that will meet all your needs taking into consideration your personal conditions and factors that may cause you weight gain.