One very important thing that I have learned in the last 6 years of coaching clients: Overeating is rarely about just eating too much food! Food is more than just food…..
Unless you are one of the rare people that realizes that food is fuel and so you eat only healthy food that your body needs, in the correct portions thus maintaining a perfect balance between calories in and energy used, chances are you are like the rest of us, you eat for other reasons…the longer you let those reason dictate what you eat the more unhealthy you are going to be. Sorry, just a fact! The truth will set you free!
One of the most important realizations that you can come to, that will have a huge effect on your long-term health, is what drives you to eat.
Stressed? – Many people overeat when they are stressed. It gives them emotional comfort. Eating comfort food brings many people back to their childhood and a simpler time.
Bored? – I’m guilty of this one. Got nothing better to do so your forage in the kitchen looking for something to eat, filling in the time hoping that food will end your boredom? Doesn’t work well does it? Nope
Feeling lonely or unloved? Most of us associate food with our childhood, a loving caring parent, baking us cookies, a warm family atmosphere while you share a meal around the kitchen table. How’s that quart of Ben and Jerry’s filling in for your feeling alone? Probably not doing to much for you but making you overweight and feeling more unloveable.
Life out of control? Many eat because they feel powerless in other areas of their life. They overeat because they can and no one is going to tell them not to. Eating is one of those things that we use as control. I’ll eat what I want, when I want and as much as I want, just watch me.
Feeling bad about yourself? Ah what the heck, my job is going down the tubes, the kids are driving me nuts and the spouse is checked out. I think I’ll eat a pint of ice cream and wow that tastes good. Many I hate myself for not having any control over my eating..and the cycle continues.
These are just a few of the more common reasons we overeat.
You can go a any diet you want but in the end you will not make permanent, life altering changes to your weight or your health until you identify and address why your overeat!
You DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY!