Overly Emotional

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-21-2006
Overly Emotional
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 11:23am

Wow, is it just me or has anyone else become increasingly emotional since starting their weight loss journey? Does anyone know why this happens? I am not usually an emotional person (except around that time of the month, or when it comes to my son), but lately since i began my 30 day weight loss challange i have been crying or wanting to cry all the time. I'm not sad or anything, i just keep wanting to cry. At first i thought it was because of my monthly, but that ended over a week or so ago. Pretty strange and i hope it stops soon!

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 9:39am

Hi Donna. Are you more tired than usual or over exercising? You may want to consider having your blood sugar checked. I know a woman who turned out to have diabetes and it was her emotional outbursts that tipped her off that something wasn't quite right.


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Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 4:24pm

Hi Donna —

I get emotional when I first start a new plan because I feel hopeless/scared. It could also be what you're eating/not eating. If you continue to see a lot more emotional "outbursts" I'd check with your doc. :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-21-2006
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 7:38pm

Thanks guys! Well it turns out that it was that i wasn't eating enough I was starving myself and I get VERY moody when i'm hungry. Also, fear of what is to come and what lies ahead. I have lost a ton of weight in the past and i remember how it was and how people treated me after i was thin. But i have learned not to focus on that and to focus on my health and the journey. I have been using Weight Watchers for the past 2 weeks or so and I have been feeling good ever sine. And more in control. I knew something had to e up.

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Registered: 06-27-2007
Sat, 04-13-2013 - 8:22pm

 I noticed that my “fit friend” eats when she’s hungry and stops when she’s no longer hunger…

 I don’t do that.  I eat when I’m hungry — and also when I’m Frustrated… when I’m Lonely… when I’m Angry… and when I’m Bored, etc.

 I’ve been using food to comfort myself… and as a way to hide from the emotions that I didn’t want to confront….

So, to help me identify the “emotional triggers” that causes me to eat when I’m not hungry, I've started a "self-awareness" journal for myself.  It’s a type of “emotional diary” and instead of focusing on calories and carbs and stuff—I’m focusing on my emotional health… what’s causing me to overeat.  I force myself to ask the question “Why am I doing the things I’m doing…” to uncover the underlying reasons for my behavior…

Maybe you’re a bit like me and since you’ve been on a diet, you may be noticing your emotions more now, because you're taking away the food that you used to use to comfort yourself…   

Maybe starting a “self-awareness” journal for yourself will help you identify what’s triggering your “overly emotional” periods.  And with that new knowledge, you can substitute food with something that will soothe and comfort you… even better than food used to do for you.

Just something to try....