Why Do We Cheat On Our Diets?

If you cheat on your diet a lot, it’s important to understand why you cheat on your diet so that you can correct the problem.

You may be under the assumption that everytime you cheat on your diet and eat something you’re not supposed to, you’re doing it merely because you’re hungry.  However, this assumption is not correct.  A lot of times when you cheat on your diet, it has nothing to do with hunger.

 

 

Negative Emotions and Diet

Often, when you cheat on your diet it’s because a situation occurred that triggered a negative emotion, and you’re eating pleasurable food to make yourself feel better.  Maybe something stressful happened hours earlier at work that you were still stressed out about, and you turned to your favorite food for a pick me up.  Maybe you got into an argument that you were still upset about, and you turned to food to make yourself feel better.  Maybe you were bored, and you turned to food to occupy your mind and get rid of the feeling of boredom.

From now on whenever you cheat on your diet stop telling yourself you did it merely because you were hungry.  Try to see if there is an emotional reason that caused you to cheat on your diet.  Ask yourself if were upset about something when you cheated your diet.

If you find you were upset about something, ask yourself what were you upset about.  You may find that you were upset about something that happened at work; maybe you had a meeting with your boss earlier that day that really stressed you out.  Now you’ve learned that when you have problems at work, you tend to get stressed out, and you turn to pleasurable food to make yourself feel better and to escape the feeling of stress.

 

Find Constructive Ways to Deal with Negative Emotions

Since you understand now that often when you cheat on your diet, you’re responding to a negative emotion, you need to find constructive ways to deal with these negative emotions.  When you know how to deal with negative emotions constructively, you won’t have to resort to eating pleasurable food to make yourself feel better.

If you find that work stress causes you to cheat on your diet, try to find constructive ways to deal with work stress.  A constructive way to deal with work stress is to talk about problems at work with a friend.  The next time you find yourself stressing about work, instead of going home and making yourself feel better by eating something pleasurable, try to improve your mood by going to a friends house and talking it over with them.

Hanging out with our friends is a great stress reliever.  They’re usually able to cheer us up at times when we are stressed out. 

Dealing with stress by talking your problems over with a friend will improve your mood, and will ensure you don’t turn to pleasurable foods to make yourself feel better.

Talking your problems over with a friend is just one constructive way to deal with negative emotions.  There are many other constructive ways to deal with negative emotions.  You want to find constructive ways to deal with negative emotions that work for you.   Finding constructive ways to deal with your negative emotions will ensure you don’t cheat on your diet every-time you’re upset.