Women are more likely to eat emotionally
Women are more likely to seek to alleviate their emotional highs and lows with the food. This is demonstrated by the results of a report by Dr. Katz Medical Center, which reveals that "emotional hunger" or the need to eat emotionally It affects mostly women and is one of the most significant causes in weight gain.
This research, which included the participation of 481 people of different ages and physical contexts, revealed that those they manifest eating too much when they are sad or angry they present higher body mass indexes than those who do not. Also the type of food they turn to varies by gender: while men prefer salty foods, women are inclined towards sweetness.
More of the 74% of respondents he says he needs channel anxiety daily through food. On the other hand, 40% of women says that, in the periods when He is sad, eat more. Instead, Anger and anger is emotion What else leads men to open the refrigerator to binge, especially at night.
What does it mean to eat emotionally?
Eat emotionally means eating food as a way to deal with emotions, even if you do not feel hungry. The negative emotions are the ones that trigger the most "emotional hunger". In fact, many peoplethey take refuge in food when they are stressed, anxious or bored.
However, you can also eat emotionally when they are triggered positive emotions, and this emotional hunger is associated with the romanticism of sharing a dessert on Valentine's Day or holding a banquet on a holiday.
How to distinguish between emotional hunger and real hunger
To avoid excess weight, coach Patricia Guzmán presents the "Anchor Method", based on motivation and self-love, which helps to change the way of eating, avoiding the feeling of going hungry and the lists of forbidden foods.
"The Anchor Method focuses on the emotions that trigger the desire to eat, even though it is not the body that is asking for it." To lose weight you must first discover the reasons that lead to fattening and identify negative habits and then , to begin to change the mentality with respect to the body and the food and the way of eating ", explains Patricia Guzmán.
In addition, the "Anchor Method" does not include lists of prohibited or permitted foods and rejects the need to "go hungry" and the "magic solutions".
"The first step to break the emotional eating cycle it consists in learning to distinguish between emotional and physical hunger. "Thus, emotional hunger appears suddenly, craves specifically comfortable foods, often leads to the habit of eating, is not in the stomach and often leads to guilt or shame.
Tips to control weight and stress
1. Set a goal, draw a plan with not too ambitious goals
2. Find time for oneself
3. Select foods in advance so you can taste them without feeling guilty.
Patricia Guzmán. Personal Coach.