Weight loss and mental health
Why do we overeat?
We often realize it’s easier to break a diet than to maintain it, as much as it’s easier to make a habit out of buying junk food than it is to go to the gym or eat healthy. Usually, when this happens, we tend to feel guilty, and that sense of guilt drives us to sustain the unhealthy habits we made for ourselves.
Emotions play a significant role in approaching food and the sensations and comfort food gives us.
Stress eating and emotional eating
We know for a fact food can make us feel good. Eating gives us a sense of pleasure; it replenishes our energy, and all in all, it is how we can connect with ourselves and our bodies. However, that doesn’t mean we always eat for pleasure or seeking happiness; sometimes, we look for comfort or simply to release our stress. One of the crucial steps in losing weight is recognizing and understanding our eating habits and understanding how emotional eating works.
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One of the best methods to become more conscious about ourselves and our eating habits is to practice mindful eating. Building better relationships with your food enables you to choose better when buying groceries and making meals.
Mindful eating also means becoming mindful of the emotions we associate with food. Making a meal/diet plan can be hard at first, but the key to overcoming it will always come from your self-love and self-awareness.
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Being healthy does not mean being runway thin or a body builder. All of our bodies are different, and “healthy” looks different in each one of us. The key to a sustainable lifestyle is understanding how you look when you feel good and learning to love yourself as you are, as your best and healthy self.