Weight loss issues: Six signs you might be a stress eater

August 5, 2014 - Psychology

179265451Stress 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Weight loss issues: Six signs you might be a stress eater

Linda Owen

I lost 50lbs with Lighterlife in 2012 and cannot describe how confident I felt, I had done it with help from Lighterlife. I have put 1 stone back on now and I am still taking 3 packs a day but it is considerably harder to lose the weight. I don’t want to put any more weight on, and would ideally love to lose this 1 stone gain. My problem, and I know I have a problem, is that I have started snacking at night. The class I used to attend in Newcastle Under Lyme has now closed and I find it difficult to attend the Shelton class. What can you suggest?
contact via facebook please


    Hi Linda, sorry to hear that but great to hear you’ve made the decision to come back and try again. Every individual loses weight in their own way. Please message us with your telephone number on our Facebook page so we can ring you with information about your closest LighterLife groups. Thanks, LighterLife

Brenda Smith

my problem is almost identical to Linda’s I try to get back onto LL and control my eating all day, only to binge in the evening. I have put on two stone of my four stone loss and this makes me so miserable. I seem to be holding the position but its not good. my nearest group has closed and I cannot travel to another due to caring responsibilities.
suggestions please<


    Sorry to hear that Brenda but great to hear you want to come back and try again. Every individual loses weight in their own way. Your LighterLife Counsellor is there to help if you need a bit of extra support and can advise you on the best way forward once you stop the packs. Your journey doesn’t stop when you finish your packs – your counsellor can give you information and advice to help you change your attitude to food and maintain your weight loss going forward. Don’t worry if your previous Counsellor group has closed, give us a ring on 0800 2 988 988 and we can talk through your other options. Best of luck!

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