Emotional hunger is a reaction that makes us eat out of anxiety, read on and discover how to fight it healthily.
WHAT IS EMOTIONAL HUNGER?
Basically, it is a state in which your body asks you to eat out of anxiety, without even being hungry. According to the European Medical Institute of Obesity, the uncertainties and constant stress of today's life, causes the body to secrete a lower number of neurotransmitters which generates anxiety, so the body has an appetite boost as a way to calm stress.
Although you are not hungry, your body sends the signal that you should eat something to satisfy whatever is stressing you, especially with the situation in the world today, it is vitally important to take care of your eating habits that is why we suggest you follow the tips below.
TIPS TO NOT EAT FOR ANXIETY
· Respect your meal schedules and eat 4 to 5 balanced meals a day.
· Don't skip meals.
· Include snacks between meals.
· Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks.
· Stay hydrated, drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day.
· Do physical activity, at least 3 hours a week.
· When you feel hungry, eat a healthy snack, such as popcorn.
· Avoid eating junk food or sugar-laden sodas when you're hungry.
· Always have nuts on hand, in addition to being very healthy, they help control your nervous system and reduce stress.
· Reduce sugary and processed foods, although they are your first option when you feel hungry, substitute them for fruits, vegetables or nuts.
· It includes satisfying fruits and vegetables, berries, bananas, avocado, leafy greens, celery, oranges, blueberries, and broccoli.
· Avoid distractors when you are eating, such as television or mobile devices.
· Include yogurt and cereals in your diet, mainly at breakfast.
· Try to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day, a bad rest is totally linked to stress.
· Do a relaxing hobby, practice yoga, meditation, sports, read a book, listen to music, etc.
· Keep your mind busy to avoid boredom eating.
· Control the portions you eat, ask your nutritionist to make sure the amount your body requires from each meal.
· Prepare your own meals, it will keep you entertained and help you eat healthier.
· Remove junk food and processed foods from your shopping list.
Even though obesity and being overweight consists of carrying excess fat in several areas of your body, the midsection is the spot most associated with being overweight. Both men and women pack on excess abdominal fat as they gain weight, but it is men who seem most at risk when it comes to serious health issues brought on by extra abdominal fat.