I used to be a comfort eater.
It was through comfort eating that I stacked on a whopping 23kg that I tried in vain to lose. On many occasions I would diet and exercise, only to put right back on anything I had managed to lose, and then some.
Contrary to the common mantra, losing weight is not jut about calories in being less than calories out. Your state of mind plays an enormous role. If you don’t have the right mindset, it can be almost impossible to lose weight and keep it off.
For many of us, food is used to fill a void, and denying that food without addressing the root cause of the need to fill that void just makes us even more miserable – and even more likely to fall off the wagon. Often the result is putting on even more weight. It is vital to get to the root of what emotional issue is eating you from the inside, and address that, in order to successfully lose weight.
So the important question is: what’s eating you?
What role does food play in your life? What is your state of mind when you eat? How does your state of mind influence what you eat?
I’ve learned that it is necessary to get into the right frame of mind first for weight loss to be necessary. It is much easier to lose weight when you are feeling happy and positive, and that can take a lot of work.
If you are a comfort eater, recognising that and finding steps to overcome it can make a massive difference.
Once upon a time, I turned to food to fill a void, and would mindlessly eat whatever I could snack on, often well beyond the point of being full. One of my strategies has been to not have any food to snack on in the house. Another has been to recognise when I want to eat because of a feeling of unhappiness, and find something else to do to (like listen to some music that will help shift my mood) instead.
With this awareness of my old comfort eating pattern, I was able to lose a couple of kilos in January despite a relationship I was in ending. I’ve now managed to hit the 15kg loss mark, which I am very proud of!