Is Stress Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals?

Without going into the science of things here, how many people reading this notice that they reach for the satisfyingly calorific foods when times get tough? Whatever the reason might be, a large number of people cannot fight that overwhelming urge to crack open the crisps, or peel back the wrapper on the chocolate to satisfy themselves. The irony here is that quite often the guilt associated with the food binge can actually worsen the low you might be feeling at that time. It’s a classic example of the ‘viscous circle’ phenomenon whereby a stressor of some sort makes you feel low, causing you to resort to an act of apparent self gratification i.e. binge eating, resulting in further guilt over that and so on and so fourth.

I’ve messed up once, so I might as well do it again…

Even as I write this I can relate to the feeling of ‘well, I’ve eaten bad once so I’ll just write today off’…but that’s not the way to go guys! The calorific imbalance that this ‘emotional eating’ might have caused will not be helped by further eating, so the way to stop that downward spiral is to do the following…See the treat (naughty food) for what it is, accept and forgive yourself for it, because guess what, a treat or naughty food is an indulgence even the best take advantage of from time to time. The trick is to recognise this as a slip and remove yourself from the ‘failure’ mindset, come on now, be real, one fast food binge DOES NOT undo the hard work you’re doing/done. So why punish yourself further by smashing another one for dinner and potentially REALLY undoing your hard work?

By no means am I saying a naughty food binge is acceptable, you know as well as I do that if you’re investing your hard earned cash on a gym membership, or investing your time on training, running, whatever it may be, then no matter how bad the stress is doesn’t warrant the continuous binge you’re considering!

'Autoimmune' nature of humans…

Human’s have a terrible habit of attacking themselves when something isn’t as it should be/expected, or when they feel they have let themselves down. An autoimmune response is a term used to describe the act of the body attacking itself when something is not as it should be e.g. celiac disease. People who cannot eat gluten because of a condition known as celiac disease have an exaggerated immune response every time they eat whereby the body inflicts damage to itself in order to rid the body of the damaged/effected tissue! Although such a response seems ludacris, it is in fact quite normal in moderation. Either way though,  the body is inflicting unnecessary damage to itself causing more damage…so why do we do this with eating? It’s like the mind is saying ‘right, you’ve eaten crap, you’ve let me and yourself down so now you gotta face the consequences by eating MORE crap to make up for it’…senseless right!?

The right thing to do in that instance is to plan your next snack/meal and COMMIT to it, make sure it’s calorie controlled and balanced and undo that spiral immediately…you are the master of what you eat and drink, take control of those emotions, direct your thoughts, and tell yourself to GET A GRIP and STAY WITH THIS!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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