The #1 reason why people are overweight is because…drum roll please …we’re eating when we’re emotionally hungry.* Not when we’re physically hungry.
*This is based on hundreds of new client questionnaires I’ve reviewed in the last 8 years since starting MyBodyTutor along with subsequent conversations.
Physical hunger is a gradual sensation that we feel in our stomach, and any food seems appealing. We usually feel good after eating.
Most people eat when they’re emotionally hungry though.
Emotional hunger comes on suddenly and we’ll crave specific foods. With emotional hunger we can have snack after snack and nothing hits the spot. We often feel guilty after emotional eating.
Source: The Broccoli Test: How to Stop Emotional Eating
There’s a reason that “comfort food” exists. When you’re stressed, your brain seeks ways to alleviate stress by eating certain foods, resulting in unwanted calories. If this weren’t bad enough, the act of self-medicating with comfort food also increases your body’s propensity to store abdominal fat, leading to greater risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
What if I like broccoli?
Doesn’t have to be broccoli, eating plain celery is like chewing on grass. Or at least I’d assume so. Mindfulness has been covered in the past.
What the article doesn’t mention is that you can fall back into the habit very easily. Even once in a while I catch myself.