Stress Eating

Stress eating is eating in response to your emotions or out of boredom. Eaters eat for comfort rather than because they are hungry. Children, teens, and adults may be stress eaters. 

You are stress eating if you:

  • Eat because of emotions or situations, not to satisfy hunger
  • Feel an urgent need to eat
  • Crave a specific food or type of food
  • Eat a larger amount of food than usual
  • Eat at unusual times of day (for example, late at night)
  • Gain excess weight
  • Feel embarrassed or guilty about eating
  • Sneak food during high-stress times
  • Hide empty containers of food
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Possible Causes of Stress Eating 

Some common situations and emotions linked with stress eating include:

Even positive emotions, such as happiness, can sometimes result in stress eating.

Things You Need To Consider About Stress Eating 

Stress eating is unhealthy, both physically and emotionally. It may lead to overeating because it isn’t filling a need for nutrients or calories. Your body doesn’t need the food. Over time, taking in extra calories may cause you to gain weight. You could become overweight or obese. Obesity puts you at risk for more health problems.

Path to Improved Health and Manage Stress Eating

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To help curb the increased chance of stress eating and weight gain, pay attention to snacking habits after a long day of work to help prevent weight gain. Try preparing snacks in advance to control portion size or even using a food journal to track what you eat, how much of it, and when.

  • Practice mindful eating. Know that your cravings may be a result of a stressful event. You can wait a few minutes before eating. 
  • Find healthier options. If you still need a snack, consider a lower-calorie, lower-fat option than what you may have previously chosen. 
  • Watch portion size. Instead of taking the whole box, put a snack-size amount on a plate. Check the package to see what one serving size is and try to stick to that. 

HCG Diet Program on Stress Eating 

HCG diet program consists of a low-calorie diet. The benefit of this program is its ability to help modify the dieter’s relationship with food and eating. Stress eating is known to cause unexpected weight gain because of the food you eat. This program could help you with the food portion you eat within a day and lose weight because of stress eating. 

HCG Diet has four phases:

  • Phase 1 – Cleansing: It is important to cleanse your body before starting the HCG diet
  • Phase 2 – Weight Loss: The next stage is all about losing weight. During this time, you will notice rapid weight loss. This consists of three sub-phases; the loading phase, the core phase, and the taper phase. 
  • Phase 3 – Stabilization: Here involves stabilizing your new weight. At this point, you should not be taking HCG. You can eat whatever you want except for sugar and starch.
  • Phase 4 – Maintenance: There are no dieting restrictions in the maintenance phase. There is also no need for HCG.

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