Emotional eating is one of the top causes of obesity in the world.
What is emotional eating anyway?
Emotional eating is when we eat to change the way we feel. We’re not physically hungry, we’re hungry for something else.
We eat because we’re bored, lonely, miserable, uncomfortable, tired, or any one of a number of reasons – none of which has ANYTHING to do with real physical hunger.
Remember: Physical hunger comes on gradually. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.
If we eat based on emotional/habitual/mindless hunger, our body will never feel satisfied by food. This is why emotional eaters never feel full. They never get the signal to stop eating because they weren’t hungry for food in the first place.
Many of us have the habit of eating when we feel upset, lonely, bored or just want to escape reality for a few minutes. This habit stems from a misunderstanding of why we feel what we feel.
Let’s think of an emotion as someone knocking on your door to deliver a message.
If the message is urgent the knock is loud. If it’s very urgent, it’s very loud. But if it’s very urgent and we don’t answer the door, the knock will get louder and louder until we open the door OR the door gets broken down! (AKA, we’re forced to deal with our reality because we’ve neglected it for so long.)
Either way, the messenger will keep trying until the job is done, and the message is delivered. Just like our emotions will continue to come up until we finally pay attention to them.
And as soon as we ‘open the door’ by listening to the emotional message, and taking action, the emotion will go away. And if it comes back, it won’t be nearly as loud.
You don’t have to be a victim anymore IF you’re willing to open the door.
So onto one of the most powerful questions you can ever ask yourself when it comes to food:
Let’s do an experiment. If you want to know the question my most successful clients ask themselves shoot me an email with the subject line, ‘What is the question your most successful clients ask themselves before they eat?’
Why am I doing this?
Because what I’m going to share with you is very, very good. And because I’m obsessed with getting my clients results, I want to know that you’re at least willing to take some action and email me.
It turns out that 95% of the time when we eat poorly, we’re eating because of the way we feel.
The scary part is that when we actually open the door, and listen to the message, we may not like what we hear. We may get scared, we may want to crawl up under the covers, and we may want to do a lot of things. That’s okay! At least you faced the monster! (Remember: the monster is never as scary as it seems!)
The only way to overcome emotional eating is to engage in some self-discovery. To listen to what you really want (hint: it’s not food). And the more you tell us on your feedback, the sooner we can identify triggers and come up with strategies that work for you.
I’ve helped so many people who are lifelong emotional eaters overcome their emotional eating. And as rewarding as it is for me, it’s even more rewarding for them. As scary as it might seem, it’s worth ‘opening the door’. It really is.
I’m right here for you. In fact, I’ll be right next to you when you open the door.
So, next time you hear that door knocking, think of the knock knock jokes…
Instead of running away, let’s say “Who’s there?” because you’re more powerful than you think you are! (And no, that’s not the question.)
Once again, if you’d like to know the question my most successful clients ask themselves before they eat email me at adam [at] mybodytutor [dot] com right now with the subject line “What is the question your most successful clients ask themselves before they eat?”
If MBT was able to help Stephanie lose over 87 pounds, why can’t MBT help you? (Insert your excuse here.)