Stress Eating and Dieting Makes You Gain Weight
You’ve probably lost lots of weight many times- but it keeps coming back. That’s because you’re not addressing the real reason for weight gain: Stress.
When you’re not hungry or you have eaten enough food and you continue to binge, or eat more than you need, that is emotional eating. Actually, most people are not even aware of the fact of how often you are eating as a result of stress!
It’s been estimated that 75% of over-eating is caused by stress in an attempt to self-soothe unsettled emotions. We even have a name for the foods we eat because of stress: “comfort foods”.
When you are eating from stress, it’s almost like you are unaware that you are putting food in your mouth. There’s a disconnect between your head your emotions and your stomach! If you were listing to your stomach it would tell you: “STOP, I’M OVERLY FULL”. But you are in a different place outside of your body. It’s an emotional experience that is almost like being in auto-pilot. The stress has gotten to be too much to deal with so you self-medicate using food as treatment.
You can’t permanently lose weight with a diet!
Dieting only addresses the food you overeat or binge on. What happens the next time you’re stressed out, even if you ARE on a diet? You’ll binge again! If you want to have a chance to lose and maintain weight loss, you’ll have to manage stress. That means learning not to “see” and manage the way you respond to stress.
The OTHER reason that MANY women gain weight is actually FROM DIETING!
Chronic dieting, and under-eating puts your body in a state of physical stress! The natural response from not eating enough is for your body to slow down your metabolism to prevent starvation. Dieting also makes you feel lethargic and unmotivated. AND if you over-exercise, the normal response from a healthy body is to MAKE YOU HUNGRY to get back those calories you burned!!
Chronic dieting can damage your metabolism to the point that you can’t lose weight no matter how little you eat, and how much you exercise!
I used to weigh over three hundred pounds. The only method to lose weight that i’ve found is to…you guessed it, eat less and exercise more. Starting out i could eat 2000 or more calories a day and i would exercise for maybe an hour or 30 minutes a few times a week. the more weight i lost the more i had to exercise and the less i could eat. now its 1300 a day and two hours of exercise a day. Granted im still trying to lose weight but its frustrating as hell. im tired and im hungry dammit. im afraid when i finally reach my goal ill have to starve myself and kill myself exercising to maintain it.
This is not the way to live your life. If you are tired of that yo-yo diet syndrome, tired of missing out on parties and meals with friends, obsessive about every morsel you put in your mouth, it’s time for a change. It’s time to manage your stress and learn to eat when you are hungry and ENJOY the food you eat!
In just six weeks on this stress relief program participants’ group weight average decreased by an impressive 5.2 pounds, though a number reported approximately 12-pound losses. The average waist circumference dropped 2.1 inches and hip circumference 1.78 inches. Participants also reported increased feelings of calmness. These results were accomplished without any direction in regard to food or exercise but rather focusing on taking care of their emotional well-being first. In other words: they practiced daily stress relief & lost weight!
Are you ready to get out of the revolving door of losing and regaining weight? Are you ready to finally manage the stress that got you to the state you’re in? Then contact me to set up a 30 minute consultation. And sign up for my free report, “The Missing X-Factor”. Let’s get you started on your path back to normal eating and a happier and healthier life!