Lots of weight problems are caused by emotional eating, a habit you wouldn’t think as harmless at first, but really, this problem has become the top reasons why a diet program always result in a failure. If you could take control of your emotional eating, it will be much easier to maintain a healthy weight.
When you are looking for something to eat, stop and ask yourself if it is a real hunger you are feeling. If you are, then please do, go ahead and eat. Take your time to eat and enjoy your food. By not eating fast, you will be able to stop when you are getting full.
If you are not really hungry, however, try to comprehend why you want to eat. Are you feeling stressed, bored, anxious, lonely or depressed? If so, look for means to deal with what you are feeling besides food. If you are stressed, anxious or bored, you should go for a walk or do some other form of exercise. If you are feeling lonely or depressed, try to write all of them down in a journal or call and talk to a trusted friend.
Are you stuck to habits you cultured in your childhood? Most of the times, parents will reward children with cookies or sweets for something that was well done. Are you rewarding yourself with food? If so, find another way to celebrate your successes without food.
Also pay attention to your eating habits when you are out with friends. Social eating can be a form of emotional eating. Are you eating because there is food readily available and everyone else is eating? Again, if you are hungry, then eat, but pay attention to how much you are eating.