Can not get rid of extra pounds while eating well and moving? It could be emotional problems. Eating on an emotional background is the consumption of a large amount of food in response to certain states of mind
Experts estimate that 75% of excess food is caused by emotions. Anyone can say that at some point he was hung on a plate full of food, a pizza or a box of ice cream. Whether or not the feeling of hunger is present, we can often surprise you by eating other people, when we are stressed, depressed, bored or watching television. “Many of us have felt over time that food can bring comfort, at least for a short period of time. As a result, we often eat to cure some emotional problems. Eating can thus become a habit behind which we hide unconsciously in order not to seek solutions that can effectively solve our emotional problems”.
Much of the people, both women and men, are prone to fattening despite trying to maintain a balanced, low-calorie diet and respecting a rigorous meal schedule. The fattening mechanisms are more complex than we think and are influenced by a variety of causes (genetic, biological, sedentary, actual ingestion time).
The difference between real hunger and emotion
Psychological studies over time have shown that there are major differences between real hunger and appetite increase in the nervous background. Real hunger is a normal physiological phenomenon and is determined by stomach movements, while emotional hunger occurs even when there is food in the stomach. Emotional hunger is often associated with feelings of anxiety, nervousness, agitation, and these sensations only decrease when the food is re-infused. This is also the reason why feelings of guilt, frustration often arise after excess food has been consumed. “A less questionable issue when it comes to the phenomenon of adipose tissue accumulation is the psychological one. There are profound psychological reasons that cause fattening and which we would like to take into account when deciding to submit our bodies to radical weight loss treatments because we can have the surprise to obtain results only in a very short term”.
Emotional hunger is often associated with feelings of restlessness, nervousness, agitation, and these feelings only decrease when food is again consumed.
The specialist explains the main psychological motivations that predispose us to fatten despite all the diet regimes we choose:
- Combining food with reward
Surely, many of us have heard in childhood phrases such as “If you are good, you get something good …”, “if you get good grades, Santa will bring you many sweets …” or “no longer crying, mother gives you a chocolate … “. These are basically the first moments when food is associated with the reward, or it is invested with miraculous power to wipe out the madness. This association remains somewhere in our minds and comes out in moments of emotional vulnerability. Equally important are periods of childhood deprivation, when parents may not have enough opportunities to provide the desired sweets, and so in maturity, we tend to compensate for those shortfalls by buying or storing in the refrigerator all sorts of sweets or foods.
- The need to protect ourselves from a traumatic exterior
Constant stress, anxiety states generated by various aspects of life, psychological traumas suffered at some point, deceptions, conflicting situations can cause eating disorders and then fattening. Thus, we can see that while we pay a lot of attention to food, do not make food excesses and eat healthy food, we are gaining extra pounds, apparently inexplicable. It is therefore advisable to carefully observe how much we “consume” certain aspects of life so that the body tends to reserve. These issues can be office stress, relationship with the partner, stress on children’s development and education, financial worries. What happens in this case? The body perceives the relationship with the outside as being difficult to administer and so decides to make energy shields to face the challenges. Accumulation of adipose tissue becomes unconsciously a form of protection from the outside, a way to fight the hardships of life. This is why a slimming cure on a background of stress has, in most cases, minimal and temporary effects because the cause is not taken into account.
- The need to unconsciously compensate “internal goals”
Separation, divorce, job loss, lack of appreciation from the bosses, the couple’s partner or the family can create the feeling of “empty” internally. Often, crossing these periods of life also results in the loss of self-esteem, the loss of self-confidence, or depressive episodes. The people in question have the feeling of insecurity, both emotionally and materially, and unconsciously need to store energy to avoid feeling these shortcomings. Food becomes an emotional food in this case.
What do we do before we decide to start slimming?
Determining the real cause for the body to accumulate adipose tissue. This may be a medical one (hormonal disturbances, for example), genetic or behavioral (sedentary). “But it is a great deal to talk to a psychotherapist who can clearly delineate the existence of a psychological cause that, once identified, makes things much simpler. Keeping the regime and exercising is not enough because we need to be aware of what emotionally determines the body to gain weight. The best thing to do is to accompany the slimming regime with psychotherapy sessions, “says the specialist.
Sufficient rest. It may seem odd, but between the lack of sleep and the build-up of adipose tissue, there is a close link. When we do not sleep enough every night, fat storage mechanisms work better. The low level of energy we attribute to a slimming treatment can be caused, in fact, by a lack of sleep. Meal planning during the day. According to the psychotherapist, if we want to lose weight, we should start by taking breakfast. Another stress factor may be lack of time for the meal during the day, so for dinner, we may be tempted to eat much longer than we would need.
Focus on food alone. “Because of the lack of time or the pleasure of eating, we can often be tempted to eat at the desk in front of the monitor, in front of the TV or by tapping the phone. The act of eating is not so conscious of the brain – concerned with the processing of other information, and thus, we can surprise shortly after eating, that the feeling of hunger comes again”.