During the COVID-19 Lockdown, a lot of things happen which lead to anxiety. You turn on the T.V, you hear about the deaths in Thousands, you go online, it’s worst, you hear about different opinions, conspiracies, insights, and many other alarming information. Then one morning, you just realize that your favorite sweat pant isn’t fitting in any longer, does this sounds too familiar?
Well it’s not only you, you just haven’t noticed it yet but you’ve been Emotional Overeating. YES! You have been EMOTIONAL OVEREATING!!! Remember Thor, 5 years after killing Thanos, during the first scenes of MCU’s Avengers: Endgame? Yeah that’s what happened to him… he was emotional and overeating. Cheer up, if it could happen to Thor, it could happen to anyone.
Emotional overeating is somewhat a sneaky problem – because it can involve mindless eating, it’s the sort of thing that can occur without you realizing it. If you are having trouble figuring out what’s causing your weight gain, here are some tips on identifying emotional overeating (as opposed to just overeating).
Seemingly Unexplainable Weight Gain
If you are gaining weight and you can’t seem to figure out why, this is (ironically) a sign that the problem may lie with emotional overeating. As noted above, you often don’t know you’re doing it when it comes to emotional overeating. You may even be working out regularly and preparing healthy meals and still gaining weight, because you are mindlessly eating other foods when you feel negative emotions.
A Sudden Urge
Sources say that emotional “hunger” comes on quite suddenly, perhaps in the form of an irresistible craving for a certain food or just the urge to eat right now. True hunger is usually more gradual than that – unless you have low blood sugar or have gone a very long time without eating, true hunger does not usually take the form of an urgent need to eat a whole lot right away.
More and more the connection between emotional overeating and depression is being discovered. Do you feel depressed periodically? When you even think of feeling depressed, what goes through your mind? How do you cope? If you are picturing a big serving of your favorite comfort food, then this may be a sign that your overeating is emotion-based.
Are you going through a stressful time in your life simultaneous to your weight gain? Have you seen that pattern before? Stress, with its accompanying anxiety and other negative feelings, can trigger someone to overeat in response to those feelings.
How do you feel after you eat? Are you consumed with guilt? Do you feel ashamed? These feelings are signs that you have a problem with emotional overeating. Normal eating to satisfy normal hunger does not make a person feel guilty.
As many parents know, genuine hunger usually means that you’re more open to various food options. In emotional overeating, though, cravings may be so specific that no other food will do to satisfy your “hunger.” You feel like you have to have that particular food to feel satisfied.
Join us as we go deeper into this topic (Emotional Overeating) and discuss on how to overcome it with simple dietary hacks.