I don’t really diet and I am not a heavy girl. I typically weigh about 145lbs and I am 5’9”. But when I am under any amount of emotional stress I generally don’t eat much and I start getting really active. When I am sad my mind is generally preoccupied and eating is the last thing I am thinking about. I eat if someone asks me if I’ve missed a meal but otherwise unless my stomach is growling I don’t eat. I also exercise more. The physical strain of a good run or workout allows me to focus on something other than my emotional pain so one two mile run turns into three, a walk and about thirty minutes on a bike or doing some strengthening.
All of my stress avoidance has resulted in a 10lb. drop in my weight in about ten days. What an effective diet! But seriously, yesterday I walked to the neighboring town about two miles away and ate half of a cheese pizza and drank a huge glass of soda. After I did it I felt like I should probably go for a run so I ran the two miles back to the house after a pretty brisk two mile walk to the pizza place. I am good at maintaining my weight and taking care of my body. Right now I am just not doing that.
The stress of emotional trauma can severely affect your physical health along with your emotional well-being. Some people lose weight, some people gain weight during stressful periods in their lives. The trick is not to overdo it. You should keep to your normal diet and level of exercise. If you are stressed and don’t get a lot of exercise then exercise can be a great way to distract yourself from other problems you may be experiencing. You just have to do everything in moderation. Supplementing one unhealthy situation with another isn’t helping anything. You shouldn’t be punishing yourself because it easier than working through your emotional issues.