Most people are sure that their appetite is always under their control, they just have to want it, and the hated kilograms will begin to melt under the pressure of inexorable desire. But in most cases it is not. If only a lot of discipline would be enough for losing weight, any normal person could create a proper diet for himself, and not spend money on gyms, nutritionists and miracle weight control programs.
It turns out that the overweight is not caused by eating disorders or hormonal disruptions, but by emotional nutrition. Due to various psychological factors, people often do not even notice that they have swallowed too much cake or have eaten two servings instead of one. Motives are very diverse, for each person there are a number of unique factors that cause people to overeat, nutritionists identify five main causes of emotional eating.
Food is the only pleasure
Many are accustomed to pamper themselves with delicious food so much that they simply cannot fall asleep without eating any high-calorie nastiness, like ice cream or bun, after a busy day of work. It turns out that when sugar enters the body, the brain releases so-called opioids, which calm and relax, the same effect is achieved by the use of most drugs.
Decision? It is necessary to find another occupation that gives pleasure, not related to food. Sports, walks, games or even interesting work may well replace sugar, but often all attempts are in vain, changing the diet, a third problem appears.
Inability to cope with negative emotions
Since childhood, people learn to avoid trouble and suppress painful feelings, but not all methods of finding humility are beneficial. The inability to quietly experience difficult moments in life is one of the most common causes of emotional eating.
To fight this, you need to consciously give yourself to experience some kind of negative feeling, understand it, and try to find comfort in not eating. Cry in a vest to a friend or pound a punching bag, hug a tree or jump with a parachute, each approach is strictly individual. Skeptics argue that such tactics will not solve the problem, because of which they had to worry, but the main goal is not a solution (there are situations when it simply does not exist), but conscious control of emotions (and not jamming of insults).
Often people eat food simply because it lies in front of them, a bundle of chips in front of the TV, or a vase of sweets on the table during an interesting conversation can be emptied, and no one even thinks about calories, or, for example, many are accustomed to absorb a large portion of food because they can not get enough to half, but just need to eat, well, do not throw the same, in fact. This is called unconscious nutrition. Often it happens on holidays, for example, when a banquet is organized for 10 people, and there is so much food on the table, that is enough for 20 people.
How to deal with it? Need to learn to be aware. Focus, see and remember (you can write), every piece of food, where, when and why it was eaten. At first it is quite difficult, but over time it becomes a habit. After brief observations, you can roughly calculate the results of unconscious overeating in calories, often the numbers are terrifying.
Hate your body
Unbelievable, but true: disliking your own body is a common cause of overeating. Negative, shame and hatred very rarely inspire people to decide to change drastically. Many people say that they will love themselves, as soon as they achieve the desired parameters, this is wrong, first you need to overcome hatred, otherwise emotional overeating cannot be avoided.
The solution is very complex and individual for everyone. Sometimes only the help of a psychologist can be the impetus for accepting yourself.
Grueling or forced fasting often provokes emotional overeating. Exhausted body not only gives the brain sharp signals about the need to eat, but weakens, can not deal with the temptation and control the amount of food eaten.
The solution is as simple as everything is ingenious – healthy sleep, regular meals in small portions and feasible work. It is important to decide what is more important, earn a million, exhausting yourself with hellish work 20 hours a day, or find harmony with yourself and the world around you and lose weight.
Emotional nutrition is a very effective means for temporary sedation. And this is proved by numerous problems with overeating. In order to stop the vicious circle of experiences and their jamming, you need to understand and accept yourself, understand the causes and deal with the consequences with optimism.