Relationship with Food: A Rolling Factor in Weight Loss
Food is a very important part of life. Without food, we cannot survive. However, we should be aware of our relationship with food. Some people turn to food to make themselves feel better and the common result is excess weight and obesity. Our relationship with food starts when we are young and how our parents teach us regarding eating.
In fact, according to experts this is the most vital part that will determine if a person will be overweight or obese during adulthood. For example, some parents use food like ice cream or candy to comfort their children. Research suggests that this usually results to emotional eating later in life.
Emotional eating is one of the most common causes of excess weight and obesity. Emotional eating is the act of consuming large quantities of food as a response to feelings instead of hunger. A good example is woman eating a half-gallon of ice cream because of a recent breakup. Another example is a man eating a big bag of chips because of excessive stress from work. According to experts, around 75% of overeating is because of emotional eating.
Many people feel that food can bring short-term comfort. Comfort food like fast food, junk food and sweets are the most common foods consumed by emotional eaters. However, this results to eating becoming a habit that prevents these people from learning skills that can permanently resolve their emotional problems. Therefore, this kind of relationship with food is very detrimental to emotional health.
The Ideal Relationship with Food
We’ve all heard the saying that we should eat to live and not the other way around. Eating in order to survive is the ideal relationship with food. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the food we eat or that we have to avoid delicious food altogether. The key is simply moderation. In fact, healthy people consume all kinds of food including junk food and fast food but always in moderation.
Everyone can improve their relationship with food in order to lose weight. The best way to begin is to incorporate small changes once in a while. For example, instead of eating a double cheeseburger for lunch with regular soda, you can start by substituting diet soda and then ordering a cheeseburger. After sometime, you can substitute unhealthy drinks and food to fresh juice/water and Asian chicken salad sandwich.
Always be aware if you’re eating because of hunger or because of emotional reasons. The key is being able to determine your own trigger for emotional eating. Triggers include loneliness, boredom, depression, anxiety, stress, etc. Once these triggers are identified, it is easier to prevent emotional eating.