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Weight loss: conquer emotional eating

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Our emotions can trigger us to eat; this makes it difficult to lose weight and to keep it off.

Emotional eaters most prone to regaining weight says: “People who overeat when they are depressed or anxious tend to have the hardest time losing weight and keeping it off, finds a new U.S. study published in the journal Obesity.”

Your diet journal can help

If you know that emotional stress leads to overeating, write about it in your journal. Your first task is to become aware of which emotions and thoughts cue you to eat.

Once you know what your triggers are, and are aware of them, they lose their power to influence you. They’re only powerful when you’re unaware of them.

Start a diet journal today, if you don’t already have one. Write down what you eat - everything you eat, including what you drink - and also note down how you’re feeling.

Within a week or two, you’ll see a pattern. Usually, becoming aware of a pattern of overeating is enough - you can see what’s happening, and you’ll change your behavior.

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