Why do we eat stress? Discover the mechanism that is the perpetrator of overweight and obesity!
Are you wondering why it is so difficult to refrain from snacking in various stressful situations? The feeling of fullness helps to relieve the tension associated with emotions such as sadness, anger or anxiety. This, however, makes you addicted to food - because stress can not be completely eliminated. How do you break this vicious circle? Understanding the mechanism called "emotional food" will help you control your appetite and control your overweight or obesity - and in the end effectively lose weight.
The ideal would be to eat only as much as needed to meet the real needs of the body. However, there are so many temptations in the circle! In addition, more often we do not cope with life - difficult work, personal problems, loneliness, lack of friends - and this is also a good excuse to reach for the little sweet something. Unfortunately, neither laziness nor greed are the most frequent causes of binge eating. The reasons for problems with nutrition lie much deeper and may result, for example, from mental injuries. It is not for free that overweight and obese people are increasingly offered a conversation with a psychotherapist.
You can become addicted to eating
Let us admit honestly, under stress, we will choose something sweeter or greasy rather than beets and spinach. Sweets improve the mood for a short time, give an extra boost of energy. Unfortunately, we eat mainly in the evening or at night, without giving the body a chance to burn supernumerary calories. We forget that you can become addicted to food, as well as alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. And addictions have their source in the lack of satisfying needs such as belonging to the group, acceptance and security.
The tendency to over-binge can also be taken out of the house. After all, it's a Polish tradition - a set table that is a kind of love and hospitality. It just does not fall out not to clean the plate to the last crumb. Parents often reward children with food for good grades. In the future, it can be rewarded in the same way, for example, an extra portion of fries at McDonald's for good results at work.
Why do we eat stress?
In childhood, we all learn that a sense of security is associated with the mother and breastfeeding. This association is completely normal, but in the life of an adult person, unfortunately, it can take the form of exaggerated and harmful. When does this happen? In a situation where, for example, we learn how to respond to our emotional needs by filling the stomach with food and the associated sense of relief and pleasure . It is the satisfaction of at least two basic human needs - hunger and security.
Because many people do not realize the relationship between satiety and a sense of security in the event of stress on them, they are also unable to break the relationship that can be called "emotional food". It has been scientifically proven that overeating can be a way to reduce anxiety and frustration. It is also obvious that many people react with excessive food in situations where the stress factor has an unclear character and evokes an overwhelming sense of anxiety. Obese people "use" food as a way to regain self-control over their own level of emotions. This can be described as a substitute form of coping with stress, the side effect of which is increasing body weight.
In this case, we are dealing with the phenomenon of a vicious circle, where stress leads to excessive eating, and excessive eating to obesity, lower self-esteem and a sense of inability to get out of the situation. So if the real reason for excessive overeating is stress, the only way to fight overweight is to identify the real sources of stress, restore normal sleep hours, which are usually disturbed, and impose the proper and repetitive rhythm of food (breakfast - lunch - dinner).
However, obesity can not be reduced only to psychological problems. It may happen that a man fully satisfied with his life has a huge and unrestrained appetite. However, this is a minority. Most of them are people who try to fill up the boredom, sometimes loneliness, sadness or anger with the feeling of satiety and relaxation appearing during eating. Obesity, unfortunately, is also associated with slowness of movement, lack of internal discipline and overeating at various times of the day. This is accompanied by shame, guilt and even the desire to completely withdraw from social life.
Scientific observation shows that there is a conflict between the tendency to consume high-calorie foods in order to quickly achieve a feeling of pleasure and long-term negative consequences of binge eating. Stress can not be discharged through food! When this happens, it becomes a factor that promotes obesity. Therefore, when fighting against obesity, stress must be reduced.
What techniques can be particularly useful in this situation? This includes changing the pace of food (the slower the better), determining the sources of tension and working on their elimination, applying relaxation techniques and avoiding automatic reaction with food in a stressful situation. When you feel the need to reach for something to eat, you have to think about what is the reason: nervousness or real hunger. Such an internal conversation with each other will help you better control your appetite .
Look for the real cause of your overweight
If our weight problems result from improper implementation of the need for control and are a problem of rewarding to change something, we need to understand the reasons for our behavior. Another draconian diets, after which we eat a box of chocolates for "bravery", will not bring the expected results. Perhaps the use of ever more sophisticated ways to lose weight quickly is a symptom of the fact that we are really afraid to admit why we eat delicacies. Meanwhile, without knowing the real reason for this state of affairs, we will not be able to slim down effectively. After all, it's easiest to throw everything into greed instead of admitting family problems or fear of loneliness. Therefore, it is best to start the fight with the carcass from an honest look at your psyche and problems with which we struggle. Later, we can go to the gym. And only at the end - shopping.