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Video: 7 Tips To Manage Your Emotions And Your Weight
The management of emotions directly influences our weight
Did you know that many people, feeling sad, stressed, angry, lonely or tired, often use food as a mechanism to cope with their feelings? These foods are generally mostly sugars, sweets, and junk foods, which lead to obesity.
For many of us it can be very difficult to express our emotions and even more difficult to solve the problems associated with those feelings.
Sometimes it is easier to comfort ourselves with a chocolate bar, ice cream, or a bag of chips, as these foods increase serotonin in the brain and provide temporary relief from emotional stress. This behavior keeps us in a vicious circle, since it reassures us and distracts us from what really bothers us. Unfortunately, sadness, loneliness, emptiness, tiredness and anger are not cured by food.
The key to managing your emotions is to face these problems:
- Think about what really bothers you and how you can deal with it.
Ask yourself why you feel like eating. Are you really hungry or eating for another reason? Be aware of how often you eat from real hunger and how you feel.
- Eat only when you are hungry.
- Identify what thoughts, feelings, and situations trigger eating because of emotions.
Look for patterns in your way of eating. What are the things that lead you to eat when you are not hungry?
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- Be honest with yourself. Express how you feel instead of using food as a shelter.
- Take responsibility for your actions and behaviors. You own your emotions and the way you behave, and therefore you have the option to deal with them. Instead of eating ice cream, why not take a short break to relax or take a short walk around the block?