Last time we talked about how poor self regulatory skills and poor self awareness can affect your weight.

Emotions and Your Weight

Today’s topic is how your emotions can have an affect on your weight.

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I probably don’t need to tell you that many of us reach for food when we’re bored, upset, or anxious. This is a form of self stimulation and is often mistaken for depression.

We also use food as a reward or for the pleasure it brings us. Food itself and the act of eating can be very sensual, which believe it or not, is a very grounding sensation. It makes us calmer, more relaxed.

In general, we ADDers are impatient, have a hard time delaying gratification, are impulsive and looking for a quick solution. If we’re hungry, needy, bored, etc, we often reach for food.

And when we reach for something to eat, it’s rarely something healthy. Whoever rewarded themselves with a few carrot sticks? Carrot cake is more like it.

Self Medicating

So when we choose that slice of cake over some veggies, we are adding sugar and carbs to our body. Sugar releases dopamine into our system, carbs introduce serotonin. Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters that regulate learning, mood, appetite, sleep, and attention.

On the surface, that sounds like a good thing – regulating our attention, mood, and other good things. In reality, it’s a form of self medicating. We use food – mostly sugar and carbs – to make us feel better.

Think about it. What’s your go to comfort food? Mine is macaroni and cheese. Your might be cookies or mashed potatoes or a few slices of bread. Carbs and sugar.

When you self medicate – an attempt to treat your ADHD symptoms – you add put so good things into your body, which can cause you to gain weight.

And when you gain weight, you feel bad about yourself. You may even get depressed. Then what happens?

How about some pasta and cake to make you feel better?

Losing Weight with ADHD

So what’s the answer here? How do you lose weight when you have ADHD?

Well there are more positive ways to reduce your symptoms than food.

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