Is it really food you are craving, or comfort?
Answering YES to more than one of the following questions may mean your eating patterns are driven by emotions rather than hunger.
Are you an Emotional Eater?
- Do you often eat when you’re not physically hungry?
- Does your hunger come on suddenly?
- Do you crave specific foods (often times, carbs or sugar)?
- Do you want to eat when you’re upset, lonely, sad, worried, bored, or irritable?
- Do you sometimes feel a sense of regret or guilt after eating?
- Do you find yourself eating unconsciously (and suddenly surprised at what or how much you just ate)?
- Have you been on lots of diets and put lots of energy into losing the same weight again and again?
- Do you feel like even though you just ate, you still want more?
No matter what you weigh, if you are used to eating when you aren’t hungry and any of the above questions ring true for you, you are using food to fill other needs. But there is never enough food to take upsetting situations or feelings away. There are never enough sweets to make sadness go away…never enough snacks to make boredom go away. You get the point.
The real solution to ending battles with your weight: learning to change the underlying thoughts and feelings that cause you to use food for comfort.