Are You Guilt of Bad-Mood Eating?
Do you tend to overeat when you are feeling down? Or snacking at work, or when you do not really feel hungry? This is bad mood eating and it is a bad habit. Remind yourself that those chips will not make you feel better. When we are depressed, angry, lonely or anxious, many of us eat in an attempt to make ourselves feel better. Research found this does not prove true. The next time you are in a bad mood and find yourself reaching for a snack, try these steps:
- Stop. Ask yourself why you want to eat. If it is because you are in a bad mood, remind yourself that no matter how delicious it looks, it is not going to do a thing for your mood except, perhaps, make you feel guilty afterwards. This is definitely not what you need at a moment like this.
- Do something instead. Call or visit a friend, listen to music, take a walk — these things actually do make you feel better. With some repetitions, this self-reminding strategy should become a habit you will find yourself using without thinking twice.
Since bad mood eating can also be considered emotional, you may also wish to read about Emotional Eating.
The Metabolism Factor
If you can get yourself into regular walking, you will also gain a boost in your metabolism, not just your mood! This can really help bad mood eating.
As we get older, our metabolism slows down four percent per decade. You can boost your metabolism through diet – eating six small meals a day, for example, will cause a small increase in your metabolic rate – but the best way to rev up your metabolism is through exercise. Specifically: A three-day-a-week exercise program that incorporates both aerobics and strength training.
The absolute basic premise of weight loss is that you need to burn more calories than you take in. You need to exercise at least three times a week so that your muscles can burn fat. Choose strength training exercises designed to strengthen the major muscle groups. Start slowly and gradually increase the weight as your strength increases. After all is said and done, you have to come up with a way of life you are comfortable with. You can’t go on fad diets or just exercise sporadically for sufficient results.