How to Stop Emotional Eating
*** A Guide to Understanding and Changing the Unconscious Patterns that Result in Emotional Eating.
*** Disclaimer - the contents of this guide are for informational purposes only. Before making any diet or lifestyle changes in general - and in this guide specifically - you MUST first get the approval of your medical doctor and/or licensed health professional.
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An emotional eater is an individual who overeats not because of a lack of willpower or proper diet information. They do so because through eating they are able to seek some sort of comfort, fill an emotional void and/or temporarily relieve stress. The foods that tend to be preferred are ones that are high in carbohydrates and fats. Things like desserts, fried foods and anything doughy.
I'd like to make it clear right off the bat that this guide is primarily for those who overeat compulsively in the mild to moderate range which I believe is most of the population of people who overeat. Severe compulsive eaters (those who eat 3 times as much food in one sitting as a person would normally eat in one entire day,) bulimics and anorexics require a much more complex and in depth treatment from medical professionals and mental health specialists simultaneously.
Oddly enough, people who overeat for emotional reasons tolerate a lot of negative consequences in doing so. There is the physical discomfort (which stays with the person and remains for hours afterwards), the financial cost, the health repercussions and, something that is most difficult, the shame that comes with it.
If it seems like a steep price to pay ... that's because it is.
What would make someone do all of that to themselves? They certainly don't need the extra food for nutritional reasons. There is a large financial burden that comes with buying extra food and newer, bigger clothes and shoes etc. ?
Getting bigger makes it so that it becomes uncomfortable to be in one's own skin. Sleeping, walking, breathing and just getting around doing the routine day to day tasks become much more difficult and take much more energy.
Then there are the health risks of being overweight which are well known to most by now.
Finally, why would they tolerate the SHAME they feel about having their 'problem' be so visible to everyone. Knowing that they are being judged daily and looked down upon as weak minded is not an easy thing to bear.
Who would pay such a horrible price when the answer to their problem is simply to do less of something; eat?
The answer, is people who are looking to avoid something that, to them, seems a lot worse than everything mentioned above.
Guide - Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 - Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 - Emotions 1 - Emotions 2 - Emotions 3