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One Life Coach’s Take on How to Recognize Emotionally Motivated Overeating

Many people today struggle with maintaining an appropriate weight, and dietary habits are often the culprit. Even those who exercise most regularly and intensely can find themselves putting on pounds thanks to too much indulgence at meals or between them.

Fortunately, there are ways of becoming more aware and in control of how the important act of eating integrates with any person’s life. A look at the profile of life coach of Giordana Toccaceli at LinkedIn and some of her writings will reveal the important role often played by emotions.

Emotional Struggles Frequently Lead to Overeating

Enjoying a delicious plate of pasta or piece of cake is something almost anyone can appreciate. The pleasures that come from eating have deep biological and chemical roots, with profound changes happening throughout the body in response.

Many people end up becoming used to employing eating as a tool for managing emotions. While that can sometimes be appropriate and even beneficial, too much of a reliance on this approach will inevitably create problems.

Recognizing which types of emotions are most likely to drive a particular person to overeat is the first step toward bringing these behaviors under control. Some of the kinds of feelings that most often lead to overeating among certain people include:

  • Stress. Just about everyone will feel stressed at least occasionally, but some suffer quite a bit more from this negative feeling than the rest. The hormone cortisol is released by the body both when stress levels rise and when blood sugar concentrations drop too low. As a result, eating in response to stress can feel like an especially natural reaction.
  • Depression. No one enjoys feeling sad, and some people grapple with this emotion on a daily basis. Depression and other types of less-than-happy feelings correlate strongly with reduced energy levels. As many types of foods provide a burst of energy upon consumption, eating in response to emotions of this general class can seem like an appropriate answer, too.

Understanding is the Key to Taking Back Control

Negative emotions and feelings can never be avoided entirely, so learning how to manage them appropriately and effectively will always be productive. At the same time, recognizing when emotionally driven eating is becoming a problem and why can contribute to improved mental and physical health.