Fatigue Can Make You Fat
Some emotional states like fatigue, grow to eat without real appetite. To trick fatigue, many people resort to food, to no avail. In the long run, this can cause extra pounds! So let’s listen to our bodies to avoid eating when it’s something else we need.
Emilie is going through a period of intense fatigue.Constantly under pressure at work, his nights are too short to rest enough and winter does not help things. Although Emilie is not a big eater, she keeps nibbling into the sweet foods necessary for her days. Like a magic potion supposed to give it back energy! Of course, food helps the body and brain to function, and can give the impression of temporarily energizing. But, it does not replace the missing hours of sleep! Emilie eats instead of resting, relaxing, and she grows bigger.
Emotions that make you eat
Some respond to physical or mental fatigue in the same way as when they are overwhelmed by their emotions, whether it be anxiety, depression, anger or other painfully experienced emotions. All of this can cause some of us sudden eating cravings, “eating emotional cravings”. The food swallowed in those moments is supposed to reassure us, comfort us. As sugary or fatty foods are the most comforting, we turn to them. One then has the impression of keeping at a distance fatigue, feelings of dejection or weariness. These dietary intakes that do not correspond to a physiological hunger serve to improve our emotional comfort. And why not if, a little later, the appetite is lacking, we will eat less? Obviously, it is no longer the same thing if we permanently appeal to this defense mechanism. In addition, you often feel guilty about having “cracked” on fat or sweetness, and the emotional benefit is quickly dissipated by this guilt and the fear of getting fat! We then lose self-esteem, and we say that “worse comes to worst “ as much continue eating!
To finish with the schemes that make fat
Let’s first identify the emotional situations that lead us to eat too much. Let us then live them without having to do with an excess of food. The method allows to carry out this work on the emotions that make you eat too much. By identifying them, you can break these habits and regain controlled behavior. For that, the next time you want a food, ask yourself the question: are I hungry? If the answer is no, ask yourself why you feel the need to eat. Through this questioning, you will know what motivates your superfluous food intake and the situations that cause it. The program offers you many exercises to better manage the emotions that make you eat: whether it is emotional or physical fatigue, the method teaches you to listen to your body to lose weight. First of all, thanks to your food sensations like hunger and satiety. By recognizing these sensations, you get to eat just, according to your needs, no more, no less.
Fatigue and weight gain: manage your emotions
The program also includes many emotional regulation techniques. These techniques can help you determine your type of fatigue and how to respond appropriately. Mindfulness consists in concentrating on one’s breathing and accepting one’s thoughts with benevolence and curiosity, without judgment. This technique makes it possible to step back from his emotions and to listen to him in optimal conditions. When a desire to eat appears, mindfulness allows you to soothe yourself to let it pass. This technique is very effective in emotionally charged periods, where you may feel overwhelmed by painful emotions. Mindfulness will allow you to better live the difficult events and to gain in serenity, in the food as in your daily life. If your fatigue is due to a stressful working environment, make yourself comfortable from the restroom. Mindfulness can help you: take 10 minutes every two hours to rest. During these 10 minutes, concentrate on your breathing, feel the air enter your lungs, stand out, and pay attention to the physical sensations that make up your emotions. Let yourself live this moment, becoming aware of what you think.
Physical or mental fatigue?
Finally, know how to differentiate fatigue from sleep: when one is tired, one must rest, but without sleep. When you are sleepy on the other hand, you have to sleep. The physical signals of fatigue and sleep are different. Sleep is distinguished, for example, by signs such as difficulty concentrating, heavy eyelids, or yawning. Physical fatigue requires physical rest, which corresponds to a cessation of physical activity. As for mental fatigue, one can quite relieve it by physical activity, as long as one stops all mental activity! So do not hesitate to arrange moments of rest, even very short, where you make a real break, to spare your body and your mind, taking into account your needs. For these moments just for you, where you take care of yourself, will make all the difference.