lmost all of us will eat in response to an emotional trigger. This means that when we are happy, sad celebrating, depressed, angry, frustrated or scared, the first thing that most people reach for is either food or drink.
Does This Sound Familiar?
If it doesn’t you may be in the majority of people who do not recognize the emotional aspects which play into our eating habits. Yes, you aren’t alone. it is not unusual to be unaware of the factors that impact emotional eating. In fact, most of our decisions have an emotional component well before we’ve had the chance to make a rational decision.
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Through years of conditioning and exposure to family, friends and advertising we are subconsciously conditioned to believe that food will just make us feel good. Food does fill a real biological need providing us with energy to burn. However, as we move into the range of emotional eating individuals are using food to fill another void in their lives.
Emotional Eating or Compulsive Eating?
Emotional eating is actually one of the beginning stages of a full-blown eating disorder. Many people will never progress to having an eating disorder but there is a fine line between emotional eating and illness. How can you tell which category you fall into – are you a compulsive eater or emotional eater?
Individuals who suffer from full-blown eating disorders will show specific characteristics of those disorders. They usually binge on large amounts of food very rapidly. They also express that they feel out of control about food or they feel they are obsessed with food.
Other behaviors that distinguish the two disorders include hiding food around the house or eating in hiding away from the rest of the family. For instance, the primary shopper may purchase foods that remain hidden from the rest of the family and either eaten before they get home from the store or after everyone else is gone to bed.
Most individuals who exhibit an eating disorder or who have a problem with emotional eating will also have experienced a dramatic event in their lives, such as physical or sexual abuse. The percentage of people with an eating disorder who have experienced this type of abuse is higher than those with a simple emotional eating problem.
Individuals who suffer from binge eating or compulsive eating will face several challenges, not the least of which is the lack of education in both the public and medical arenas. These conditions are not nearly as well popularized as anorexia or bulimia. In fact, individuals may not even know they have a medical disorder.
People who experience this type of eating disorder should not attempt to “go on a diet” but should instead seek a different kind of support.
Download Our FREE Report About Emotional Eating
In our report “What Does It Mean To Be An Emotional Eater?” we dive deeper in the many challenges an emotional eater face. We also provide tips and recommendations someone with binge eating or a compulsive eating disorder can take to stop emotional eating and how to manage your eating habits so you can increase your success with weight loss.
In the second part of the report “What Does It Mean To Be An Emotional Eater?” we also address the problem and dangers of visceral fat, as they can be complicated and numerous. This is because this type of fat is different from other types of fat in the body. Paying attention to both your overall weight and where you are carrying that weight are important factors in your overall health.
Further in the report we also talk about the common mistake many make in not having all the information you need prior to change your eating habits and the mistakes many make with a low carb diet.
We have added some additional information on the three important elements of a healthy sustainable diet. These are:
- How to develop a nutritional pattern that fits your lifestyle
- How to help you lose weight
- And how to improve your overall health
We complement all of the above with several things you can do to boost your metabolic rate or the rate at which your body naturally burns calories. Your metabolism is the chemical process that happens inside your body which is used to maintain life, to develop energy from the foods you eat, and the way your body uses it to allow you to continue to do things you want to do.
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