2. Stress eating
People tend to respond to stress and anxiety in one of two ways. Either they stop eating almost entirely, or give in to emotional hunger and eat more than usual. Neither one is healthy for the body. It is difficult to make healthy meal choices when you’re stressed because the brain craves immediate relief via junk food, and balanced meal takes energy we don’t have to prepare.
On the other end, when you wait until you’re starving to eat, your body is more likely to hold onto that food as fat to prepare itself for further periods of starvation. One tip is to pay attention to your fluid intake. Staying hydrated keeps you going to some extent when you’re not eating, and helps fill the stomach faster if you tend to overeat.