Have you ever wondered why many people, fall short of their weight loss targets? Is it lack of consistency, busy schedules, perhaps lack of clear set goals? All these have time and again been vital contributing factors; however, there is more than meets the eye regarding weight loss in recent times. Comfort eating stands-out as one.
So what is Comfort eating or Emotional eating as commonly known? As human beings, our emotions drive us, and they make us human. According to research by Glasgow University, all human behavior is as a result of three primary emotions. They are happiness, fear/anxiety, love and anger, which in many ways also contribute to our eating behaviors. How so? Read on;
Today there are multitudes of ways one can gain weight fast which if not checked may lead to obese related problems. Below are some of the overlooked ways that in totality focus more on our emotions you may not be aware of;
1. Happy Eating
Excitement tends to get the best of us. It may come as a result of attaining great feats, completing daunting tasks or generally having a good day. This as many put it, calls for a celebration which mostly involves eating and drinking.
Consciously or not we engage in this activity to gain something, and that is satisfaction. More often than not the pleasantries we consume involve high-calorie foodstuff, bad cholesterol, and increased sugar additives. Experts say happy eaters require more attention to avoid the obesity epidemic.
2. Anxious/Fearful Eating
Today a majority of people confessed to having a feeling of anxiety at some point as the week progressed. Who can blame them? Today’s world has enough to get you feeling anxious and fearful to some extent. From the ever increasing financial pressures, work targets or even school work to students.
This feeling is known to lead to the tumultuous comfort eating. One study showed that anxiety to a more considerable extent contributes more to people overeating than other emotions.
Chronic dieters are known to be on the receiving end mostly because of the general feeling of insecurity they have about themselves when trying to lose weight. Such episodes result in them being anxious and sometimes even depressed. They look for an escape in eating as a short-term means to an end.
3. Angry Eating
People handle anger in different ways. Some scream, some silently seethe while others simply eat. While there is a multitude of methods of anger management, most recently, eating has become somewhat of a favorite among many.
Anger is a legitimate response to pain, frustration or even fear. Some people, however, become angry with the slightest of provocations simple things like a negative comment may not bode well with them.
And how do they handle it? Simple, eating! Most people prefer eating things that make them feel good whether it is that cup of ice-cream or a bag of chips, however, the result is not entirely attractive.
They then realize that they have over-eaten and this result in more feelings of sadness or even depression and how do they cope? You guessed it. They eat more, and they eventually add a chunk of weight.
Many of us have fallen victim to comfort eating in one way or another. Whether you were watching a touching movie at the cinema and ate loads of popcorn without realizing or rewarding yourself after attaining incredible feats there is always a story behind it.
In any case, these types of eating habits significantly impact our weight and nutrition lives. Something that has been overlooked even by both health and fitness experts but plays an integral part in weight loss and management.