It's safe to say we've all gone on a sugar bender or two at some point in our lives, but for some, bad eating habits can become a destructive cycle. Some might look to food as their "best friend" whilst others may see it as a way to alleviate boredom or stress. Emotional eating can sabotage all efforts to lose weight and can become a serious problem. By satisfying an emotion with food, you're often left feeling hungry all the time, which could ultimately lead to putting on a few extra kilos without even noticing. Registered psychologist, Kellee Waters talks us through some of the warning signs that may indicate you're emotional eating. Are you?.
- Eating in response to emotions – boredom, loneliness, stress, fatigue, anger, frustration and anxiety.
- Food is used to soothe, calm, reduce the intensity of any emotion.
- Prior to eating, there are cravings for certain foods.
- Thoughts about food can be relentless until you eat the food.
- The foods eaten are usually high in a combination of one or more of the following: high refined carbs, sugars, artificial sweeteners, saturated fats and salts.
- Typically, the quantities of these foods need to increase overtime as the effectiveness of a small amount is not enough to obtain the desired effect.