Stress eating is about consuming food when you seek comfort of some kind, rather than when you’re physically hungry. Here are some of the common signs of stress eating. Do you recognise any of them?
As well as helping you to achieve life-changing weight loss, LighterLife’s group sessions are designed to explore your relationship with food so that you don’t go back to negative behaviour after you’ve lost weight. But before you can rid yourself of those bad habits, how do you know if you’ve got a problem? Here are some signs to watch for…
You weren’t hungry earlier, but all of a sudden, you’re starving.
Emotional hunger comes on suddenly, physical hunger occurs gradually.
Only one type of food will do.
When you’re eating emotionally rather than for hunger, you crave a specific food (e.g. unhealthy things like pizza, ice cream or chips), but when you’re physically hungry, you’re more likely to be open to healthier options.
Your hunger needs to be satisfied immediately, otherwise you get angry.
Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave, but if it’s physical hunger you are more rational and can wait.
Your portion size is bigger than usual.
When you emotionally eat, you’re more likely to load up your plate to compensate for your feelings, when you’re physically hungry, you’ll typically dish out what you think you can actually manage.
You keep eating, even after you’re full.
When eating to satisfy an emotional need, you’re more likely to keep eating. If you’re eating to satisfy a physical hunger, your body will usually tell you to stop when you are full.
You feel guilty afterwards.
Emotional eating leaves you feeling remorseful afterwards, but if you eat when you’re physically hungry, you’re less likely to experience this.
Recognise any of these signs? Reshape your future by kicking your bad food habits. LighterLife can help you understand why you eat the way you do, give you new ways to make better choices now and in the future. LighterLife can help you get started on your weight loss journey, call 0802988988 for more information.