Binge Eating – Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat

Emotional Eating or Binge Eating: Stress or Need?

Do you eat for no good reason? Does stress, anger, sadness, happiness drive you to hog?

If you have ever eaten just for the sake of eating and not to fill up your stomach, else you have ever made room for dessert even though you are full then dude! You have the emotional eating syndrome.

Emotional Eating is having food to make yourself feel better- eating to fill emotional needs rather than fill your empty belly. Obeying the urge to eat more than you need is a sure way to gain weight.

Emotional Hunger vs. Physical Hunger

Over Eating Disorders
Over Eating Disorders

This is difficult to distinguish but at the same time very important for you to know.

  • Urgent Hunger – I got to eat this now whatever happens. This is more of emotional eating. Physical Hunger comes on gradually.
  • Craving at its best – When you are hungry physically, even grass cooked with salt and pepper would taste good. But, emotional hunger craves fatty foods, sugary snacks. You just feel like hogging on to pizza, burgers and Ice Cream Sundays.
  • Mindless Eating – As soon as you realize, you have already eaten 2 plates of samosas. In Emotional Eating, you don’t actually pay attention to what you are eating. In Contrast, physical hunger keeps you more alert.
  • Guilt food – Remember your health-conscious friend’s cribbing about eating chips or honey chili potatoes and fatty snacks. This is what emotional eating is. When you eat to satisfy your physical hunger, you are unlikely to feel guilty.

Binge Eating Causes

  • Stress – When stress is chronic, it leads to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers cravings for salty, sweet, and high-fat foods.
overcoming emotional eating
overcoming emotional eating
  • Boredom – Do you eat to do away with your boredom?ome People do, This is the reason why Vacations and Nani Maa ka ghar makes you go fat.
  • Childhood Habits – Your childhood rewards of getting an ice cream and pizza on a good report card continues till adulthood.This makes you go Bhookha in true terms
  • Social influences – Getting together with other people for a meal is a great way to relieve stress, but it can also lead to overeating. It’s easy to overindulge simply because the food is there or because everyone else is eating. You may also overeat in social situations out of nervousness.
  • Happiness – You know what? Happiness can also lead you to emotional eating, Friend’s birthday or achieving your goal are the perfect examples.

How to Stop Binge eating

emotional eating therapy
emotional eating therapy
  • Identify your triggers – Keep in mind that while most emotional eating is linked to unpleasant feelings, it can also be triggered by positive emotions, such as rewarding yourself for achieving a goal or celebrating a holiday or happy event. The best way to curb them is , identify them.
 how to stop emotional eating
how to stop emotional eating
  • Find other ways to feed your feelings– If you don’t know how to manage your emotions in a way that doesn’t involve food, you won’t be able to control your eating habits for very long. Read your mind and overcome this weakness.
  • Pause when cravings hit – The truth is that you have more power over your cravings than you think. Just try to control and test.
  • Support yourself with healthy lifestyle habits– Relax, decompress, unwind and daily exercise are the ways to enhance your life with a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep is also the biggest reason for emotional eating and weight gain. The most important point is to control your emotions before anything else. There is an old saying which suits best here. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.

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