We’ve all been there. Completely smashing it with our diet plan, but all of a sudden a stressful event or situation means that we end up falling off the wagon and reaching for the comfort food. During stressful periods, or times when we’re stuck at home, it can be incredibly tempting to start comfort eating, and it’s only natural that at the moment, a lot of us may be turning to our favourite snacks for a little pick me up! However, while stress eating or even emotional eating can make us feel comforted for a short period of time, it can move us further away from our weight loss goals. Plus, there’s the added risk that you’ll more than likely feel incredibly guilty afterwards, which isn’t the best thing for your mental health, particularly if you were feeling a little fragile to begin with. There’s no definitive answer when we look at how to stop stress eating, however, there’s a few things you can do that might help you beat the cravings and stay on track. So, today we’ve put together our five top tips to help prevent emotional eating when times are a little tough, and we hope you find them helpful!
Keep a Food & Mood Diary
If you find yourself stress or emotional eating on a regular basis, it can be a good idea to keep a food and mood diary. The idea behind it being that by writing down what you’re eating, it will help you identify any patterns between your mood and the food you eat. Write down what you eat, when you eat it, and how you were feeling when you ate it. From there, you’ll be able to work out any triggers that cause you to stress eat. Perhaps it’s always after spending time with a particular friend, or perhaps there’s a major event going on in your life. Either way, by identifying what causes you to comfort eat, it will give you a chance to look at how you can manage them better.