Stop Stress Eating In Its Tracks
If you are reading this, then you are no stranger to stress eating. In fact, it is human nature to want to avoid the pain of stress and seek out relief. However, stress eating not only increases our waistlines, but it does not effectively deal with stress. Here’s how to break your stress eating habits once and for all.
Why People Eat When They Are Stressed?
When stress takes over, we can suddenly feel famished. This is because stress activates our adrenal glands to release cortisol and increase our appetite. Not only do those who have chronic stress tend to eat more in binge sessions, but they were also found to burn fewer calories and fat. They also had higher insulin responses after eating a higher fat meal.
How to Stop Stress Eating
If you really want to get control over your stress and binge eating this is what you need to do. You need to first focus on the real issue. Why are you stressed? How can you fix the situation without running to the fridge? Once you reconnect with the deeper issues at hand, you can try to relieve your stress calorie free. Try exercising, taking a warm shower, or journaling your negative thoughts away.
The next thing you can do in the moment you want to binge eat is to focus on the future. What are your health goals for the year? Where do you want to see your health in five years? The answers to these questions will help you realize that stress eating is not worth it.
Finally, it is important to be kind to yourself. Give yourself grace and compassion during stressful times. If you have negative thoughts, you are more likely to run to the pantry for comfort. However, if you practice self-compassion, you can help turn your negative situation into a positive one.
Stress eating happens to the best of us. If you do slip up and eat a whole pint of ice cream after a stressful week at work, then don’t beat yourself up about it. After a session of binge eating, it is best to just get back on track with healthy eating and exercise as soon as you can. Feeling guilty about “blowing it again” will only make things worse. Take note of your stress eating habits and try to avoid them from taking over your health and exercise goals.