We wish it weren't this way, but most people find comfort in eating. The theory is, if you deal with negative emotions then it will be easier to control your eating habits and keep your weight-loss goals on-track.
An article entitled Weight loss: Gain control of emotional eating published by the Mayo Clinic says that emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Emotional eating often leads to eating too much, especially too much of high-calorie, sweet, fatty foods. It's a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness.
If you're already in a fairly healthy lifestyle, chances are you're not going to turn all of a sudden to unhealthy food for comfort. But you may overindulge in healthy food or push the limits.
Both major life events and the hassles of daily life can trigger negative emotions that lead to emotional eating and disrupt your weight-loss efforts. These triggers may include:
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(Credits to Mayo Clinic and US News)