Emotional overeating is one of the leading causes of weight gain. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness, failure and depression. Eating unhealthy often lead to negative physical emotional effects as well, so this article will discuss some of the behaviors that might be signs of emotional overeating.
Food Cravings Appear Out of Nowhere
Physical hunger is most often experienced as symptoms that the body requires a form of sustenance. Sometimes it is possible that there is a deficiency of nutrients, but one of the most telling signs of emotional overeating is typically sudden, and urgent appearance of food cravings. During these typical urgent cravings, you are less likely to make conscious food choices, such as fast food, processed foods, or otherwise artificial food sources rather than eating healthier whole foods.
Your Emotions Drive Your Eating Habits
Mood can affect the way we eat. Do you sometimes notice that a negative situation can result you stuffing your face with comfort food? That snack might feel great during consumption, but it isn’t truly fixing the underlying issue.
Many people are conditioned at a young age to associate food with some sort of reward. That is part of the reason for certain restaurants to have places for children to play.
You Eat While Stressed
Another big sign that that could show that you are emotionally overeating is that you are eating while you’re stressed out. Any changes in life can cause a measure of stress.
Relationships are also a major source of stress and can cause unhealthy eating patterns. People tend to expect routine and patterns, so when relationship changes occur, one or both people can be thrown into a state of uncertainty.
You Keep Eating Past Being Full
We’ve all been there! Just one more bite! One sign of emotional overeating, is eating past being full. This is when you need to eat beyond your natural feeling of fullness or serving intake. It can manifest itself as eating on autopilot. During this period you might consume empty calories so quickly that you don’t even taste the food or know that you’re doing it. Part of the serious nature of this habit, is that it is a primary mechanism that makes weight gain and other health issues a possibility.