Dieting can be a huge challenge no matter who you are. If you are on a restrictive diet, you are most likely frustrated and irritated. You have probably tried a bunch of different diets, all failing within a few days. Is it the diet? No. Is it your willpower? That may have something to do with it. What are your emotions like when you notice you break a diet? Are you upset? Bored? Lonely? If so, you could be an emotional eater. Here are some signs that you eat your emotions and some tips to stop.
1. You eat when you aren’t hungry. You feel like you have a void and even though you aren’t hungry, food fills that void.
2. Food FOMO strikes. FOMO means fear of missing out. You see everyone else having a cookie or piece of cake and you feel that you will miss out on something if you don’t eat it too.
3. Self-esteem and you do not get along. You tear yourself to shreds when you look in a mirror. You think you are weak and tend to stop caring about yourself. You get this way due to emotional eating, but make yourself so upset that you eat still.
4. You hide your food from others. When you are out with others you eat like a bird, but alone it’s like an all you can eat buffet. You feel that others are judging you if you eat while around them.
5. You feel guilty about eating. You still eat the food, but kill the yummy taste when all you can think is about how you should not be eating it.
If you do any of these, you are most likely an emotional eater. To help keep you away from the food, get a new hobby. Get out with friends and do something new.
If you are entertained you are less likely to eat from boredom. If you are with friends you are less likely to eat because you are lonely. Once you get out there and see how great the world is, you will never want to go back. Live to lose weight, don’t lose weight to live.