5 Fast Tips to Break Emotional Eating Habits
Nothing can ruin a diet and health more than emotional eating. It can cause a person to become overweight or obese, and may influence eating disorder development. There are better ways to treat your emotions than with food, so find a way to get rid of this bad habit today!
Here are five simple steps you can take to get rid of your emotional eating habits for good.
1. Throw all your unhealthy food away.
Many people have junk food hiding in their cupboards, but even more don’t choose to hide it. Even worse, some live off nothing but unhealthy food, like frozen dinners, potato chips, chocolate, and carbonated beverages. Go through your fridge, freezer, and cupboards to see what foods you can throw out. Anything with a high calorie density and no nutritional value should be tossed. The obvious items are junk food, breaded meat, and many dairy-based foods and drinks. A few items that often slip through the cracks are margarine, high fat cooking oils, non-organic juices, and anything with a moderate-to-high amount of simple carbohydrates.
2. Figure out what type of bread to eat.
White bread is unhealthy, but whole wheat bread isn’t much better. If you want a healthy bread, stick to something with only whole grains. Make sure it’s 100% whole grains, as there are sometimes deceptively-labelled bread bags. There are many tasty whole grain breads to choose from, so take some time to figure out which you enjoy the most.
3. Enter into ketosis for a week.
A good way to fast-track the body back to a healthier metabolism is by shocking it through entering into ketosis. This is where the body starts to eat itself, albeit it’s stored fat cells, in order to meet its nutritional needs. The body will lose around five to ten pounds during this week if the body remains in ketosis the whole time. To enter and stay in this state, you must avoid consuming more than trace carbs every single day.
4. Join the gym and make a lifestyle change.
Nothing will kick bad eating to the curb like a healthy lifestyle change. The body won’t even want any of the junk it craves after a few solid weeks of weightlifting and proper nutrition. It won’t be able to use the lower quality nutrients for what it needs them for, and this is something you will notice. You will wake up one day with a healthy, well-balanced diet and a greater physique, all from fighting your bad eating habits!
5. Find lucrative ways to suppress your appetite.
There are some sneaky tricks you can try to suppress your appetite. First thing in the morning, drink a tall glass of ice water to get the heart rate up and the metabolism going. Make a coffee, black or with artificial sweetener, and drink it before having breakfast.
This will make your first meal fill you a lot better than it normally would. You won’t start feeling hungry or getting cravings until later in the day. Your daily food intake levels will drop on this merit alone.