My article for the February issue of the Performance Menu: Journal of Health and Athletic Excellence was an interview with weight loss coach Adam Gilbert, who runs MyBodyTutor.com. You can read the full thing for $2.75 (or buy the entire issue for $6.99). I wanted to run an excerpt addressing emotional eating.
Check your emotions
“I think when most people think of emotional eating they think of a girl watching Sex in the City on the couch, eating a pint of ice cream. However, we are all emotional eaters,” Gilbert ex plains. Any time you’re eating when you’re not truly physically hungry is emotional eating. ‘Am I hungry or am I eating to change the way I feel?’ That’s one of the questions Gilbert encourages people to ask themselves before they eat. “Nine times out of 10, what we’ll realize is that we’re not physically hungry. We’re emotionally hungry. We’re hungry for something else,” he says.
The next step is to try to figure out what’s bothering you, and what you’re really ‘hungry’ for. “We reach for food so many times and it’s really just out of habit, or mindless, we’re doing it for entertainment, to soothe ourselves, but we’re not actually physically hungry. So just asking ourselves the simple question, ‘am I hungry or am I eating to change the way I feel,’ can really help a lot, can really help you diagnose whether you’re physically hungry, which comes on gradually… we feel it in our stomach, we feel it in our head a little bit, whereas emotional hunger comes on suddenly. With emotional hunger, we crave a specific food. With emotional hunger, we can have snack after snack and nothing satisfies us. That’s because we’re not actually physically hungry.”
Realizing when you’re eating emotionally doesn’t necessarily stop you from doing it, so Gilbert recommends taking things a step further by asking yourself some more questions.
1. What am I really hungry for? (What’s really bothering me?)
2. What can I do about it?
3. Why don’t I do anything about it?
“What we’re doing when we’re emotionally eating is putting our hands in the air and saying, ‘I don’t want to deal with it; I don’t want to do anything but eat and suppress the emotions.’ Then we go into a food trance, as I call it, and hope everything works out on its own. But of course as soon as we’re done eating, we feel guilty, we feel regretful, and whatever was bothering us in the first place is still there. It’s much more effective to try to figure out what it is that’s bothering us and actually take action on that,” he explains.
If you’re intrigued by Adam’s philosophy on consistency, and need some daily personal accountability and feedback to reach your fat loss goals, check out MyBodyTutor.Com. Adam also offers a partner program, allowing coaches to use his platform to build their business and help their clients reach their goals. For more information, contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.