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Why Do We Call it Comfort Food?

Medically reviewed by

Prof Rishi Singhal MBBS, MRCS, FRCS, MD

Comfort Food.

There is a good reason as to how it got its name.

Eating feels good to most people, and some people use food to calm their emotions when they are stressed. While this is a common strategy among people of all body types and sizes, it can be problematic if you are trying to lose weight or if eating is your only way to cope with stress.

According to research, overeating can become a chronic coping mechanism for dealing with life’s stressors. Those who are already overweight may be more likely to use this strategy.

It’s not just overeating that can be problematic. Your food choices are likely to change when you feel more anxious.

Finally, when we are stressed, our bodies produce more cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain. Many people who are trying to lose weight but are stressed may not see a change in their weight that is unrelated to their best efforts, but rather to our bodies’ response to stress.

Stress can be a major impediment to those attempting to lose weight or improve their health.

Signing up for our three-month Diet & Nutrition programme will not only provide you with all the assistance you need to understand the pattern of your eating behaviour but will also teach you how to cope with comfort eating with the help of our Health Coach.

Contact us to kickstart your weight loss journey today by signing up for a Diet review.

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