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How Emotional Eating can affect your Weight Loss Goals

As explained on many Facebook pages, eating plays a large part when you want to lose weight. What you eat, when you eat, how much you eat, how often you eat. What you eat is of course the biggest factor, as the wrong type of foods can totally negate your efforts to achieve weight loss. But there are certain factors besides natural hunger pangs that can trigger wrong eating habits and keep you from achieving your weight loss goals.

Emotional factors that can generate wrong eating habits:

Emotion plays a big role in your eating habits. You could be tired and hungry, so would like to tuck in to a large no-holds-barred meal and then post it on Facebook or Twitter while feeling guilty!

You could be feeling sorry for yourself because of some unfortunate incident so decide to literally drown (eat) your sorrows away. At times you could be lonely so you use food to act as an antidote.

Or you could be totally stressed out and use food as a balm for your mental discomfort. Another emotional factor which could lead to unnecessary gorging on food, is guilt. If you are undergoing any form of guilt you might take refuge in binging on food.


Have you been guilty?

If you have been working out regularly in Sydney and find you are still very much at the starting line, may be you have been guilty of one or a few of the above mentioned emotional eating binges.

You should look back to a few weeks into your training and check whether you have been a victim (intentionally or unintentionally) of emotionally-induced eating. Check the situations involved, what type of foods you indulged in and why you selected such foods.

You will find some Emotional Eating Sydney groups on the social medias such as My Space, Facebook or Twitter that could help you with your struggle.

Effects of emotional eating

When you eat food you are making an impact on your body, mind and soul. The right type of food will ensure you enjoy a healthy and fit physical condition.

If you eat just to comfort some negative emotion you are undergoing, such food is bad for you. Likewise, if you eat because you are under some stress the food consumed will not do any good.

Ways to conquer emotional eating

Once you find you have been guilty of indulging in emotional eating, you need to do some soul searching – like finding out what triggered such bouts. Were you angry? Disturbed? Indulging in self pity? Once you pinpoint the emotion that triggered such useless eating bouts you can make some changes down the line.

Instead of going on an eating binge you could try some other distraction – such as reading a book or going for a long walk to clear and calm your mind. If you still want to eat to overcome the emotion, make sure you select the right type of food such as fruit, nuts etc. Keep in mind you are into a workout regime. Your workouts have to be able to burn the number of calories you consume.


If you have indulged in emotional food binging a few times, once you acknowledge the triggers of such bouts you can make a positive change. Awareness can make a big difference. Take control when you feel you are emotionally upset and (a) find another way to deal with the problem or (b) make sure that what you eat will not affect your weight loss goals.