Psychological studies have shown that food is the single most powerful emotional stimulus in our lives. We use it as much to cheer us up, to fight depression, to reward ourselves and to indulge ourselves as we do to satisfy hunger.
However, this is not always a particularly healthy response and can lead to poor food choices and overeating. So how can you break the cycle?
It may not seem such an obvious connection, but exercise can play a large role in providing comfort and making you feel good.
Not only will getting physically active help you lose weight in a healthy way but it also lifts depression, improves overall health and reduces stress. The natural mood-boosting effects of exercise can therefore help put a stop to emotional eating.
The deprivation and hunger involved in strict dieting can trigger comfort eating and the urge to overeat. Instead of dieting, try to focus on eating in moderation.
Find nutritious foods that you enjoy and will benefit your health and eat only until you feel content, not uncomfortably stuffed. This will help you get real pleasure from your food.
© Sarah West Nutrition