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  • Wayne Chong

Stop Emotional Eating!

I know you are bored, stressed, and anxious. You cope with those emotions by eating comfort food.

Ice cream, fried chicken and chocolate to make yourself feel okay.

You feel good in the moment but shame, guilt and regret soon take over.

You watch your waistline increase and the weight scale number increase over the weeks.

And you become horrified at how you now look in the mirror.

This is a common scenario that many of us are familiar with.

Parts of our brain are rewarded from eating high-fat or high sugar food. Any behaviour that is rewarded is likely to be repeated.

You will feel good in the moment, but remember the feeling is only temporary.

What happens after is massive weight gain, as emotional eaters tend to repeat a cyclical pattern.

Stress -> Emotional eating -> Guilt -> Weight gain -> Stress

Lets figure out why you emotionally eat.

Does it calm you?

Does it cheer you up?

Is this a ‘reward’ for a long day of work?

Awareness is the first step to solving any problem. Now that you are aware of what’s happening in your head, answer these questions.

Is eating the only way to cheer me up and calm me down?

Yes- Go eat. You are perfectly fine with the weight gain that comes after. No one will stop you. You are an adult and are fully responsible for the consequences of your own actions. If you want to lose weight, just know that this action will further delay of your goal.

No- I can drink water. I can take a walk outside. I can listen to music. I can call my friend to talk. I can scroll mindlessly on tiktok. I know eating is just a form of distraction and I can find other ways to distract myself without food involved.

Once you recognize a pattern, develop a strategy to break it. For instance, if you often eat because you think you deserve it after a tough day, remember that you also deserve to lose weight, feel healthy, and be proud of yourself. If you eat because of stress, learn to dial back that stress. Yoga, meditation, and regular exercise can help reduce stress levels. If all the above does not work, its better to seek Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from a professional therapist.

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