Avoid Eating When You're Not Hungry
Have you ever found yourself at the snack machine or refrigerator when you were not hungry? If so, don't worry because most of us have experienced the same problem. The truth is.. we don't always eat to satisfy "real" hunger. If your first impulse is head to the kitchen when you are upset, stressed, angry or bored, you may be guilty of emotional eating. Whether you're trying to lose weight or just want to restore your health and wellness, this can be a vicious cycle that can ruin anyone's diet.
When eating becomes a coping behavior, you may feel powerless over your food cravings. In fact, this should be one of the early warning signs that can help you take control and better manage your eating habits. Maybe your urge to eat is just related to midday boredom at the office or maybe you are feeling anxious about an upcoming family function. Research studies have shown that the stress hormone cortisol is the trigger that is often behind cravings for salty, sweet and fatty snacks, otherwise known as comfort foods.
Now that you know compulsive eating can be a coping behavior to temporarily silence uncomfortable emotions, try to avoid eating when you are upset, angry, fearful, sad, lonely or bored. For many people who are overweight, learning how to recognize these triggers is the best starting point for regaining control of their eating habits. After all, good diet plans seldom fail because they weren't based on good nutritional advice. More often than not, we simply fail to identify what sabotaged our commitment.
If you keep planning to lose weight but have struggled to stay on track, it may be time to find a weight loss specialist who can help you understand why your efforts were doomed to fail. At the Metabolic Research Center, we've been in your shoes and understand how education and support can be the keys to losing weight and keeping it off. After all, it's about so much more than a number on the scale. Our trained weight loss consultants can help you get through difficult times by helping you identify things that really make you happy.
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