Are You A Victim of This Silent Saboteur?
Is Your Weight Loss Being Sabotaged By This Silent Spoiler?
There is a hidden, silent, stealthy saboteur that ruins thousands of weight loss dreams every hour. Your weight loss dreams may be shattered if you're not aware of this insidious spoiler. Here's how to tell if you're a victim.
Are you one of those overweight people who find comfort in food? You're not alone. Emotional eating is one of the largest setbacks of weight loss. It affects a large percentage of people everyday, who turn to food for comfort. What's worse, emotional eating can be very counter productive. After the initial comfort wears off, many times you'll feel worse. It can be tough.
For days, occasional weeks, you eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. Then something happens along and causes you to feel restless or disturbed. Before you know it, you eat an entire pint of chocolate chip ice cream and a pizza. Now you feel guilty for breaking your diet. This causes you more distress, leading to more emotional eating. It's a viscous downward spiral and you need to break it.
This saboteur is so stealthy, you sometimes do not even realize you've fallen into the emotional eating trap. So the first thing you need to do is …
Start a Food Diary.
Each day write down the following:
- Everything you eat,
- The time you eat,
- How hungry you are,
- What you're thinking and feeling.
This not only tells if you eat to satisfy your emotions but also which emotional triggers you need to beware of.
- Do you eat more when you're alone?
- Do you eat more after a stressful day at work?
- Did eating the cheesecake when you were upset make you feel better?
Once you've identified when you're eating and why, you can plan an alternative.
The best counter-measure to emotional eating is to create a diversion. Anytime you feel the urge to eat when you're not hungry, find something else to do. If you know you are going to "pig-out" on pizza when you're stressed, find a de-stressing alternative. Exercise is a great stress reliever. Try brisk walking, yoga, kickboxing, cycling, whatever. Just do something-preferably physical.
If your emotional desire to eat is triggered when you're alone, give someone a call. You could also join a group or volunteer your services to visit nursing home and other housebound patients. You will not be alone and you'll bring some cheer to another's day as well.
Most importantly, find out what works for you. And do not be afraid to ask for help. It can be from your family and friends, a weight loss group, or even a counselor. Do what it takes to get the support that you need. Find several people who would be happy to help you. Just be consistent.
You can use your food diary for as long as you need. Make sure you eat only when you're hungry, find alternatives when you're not, and take advantage of your support.
Losing weight is not really hard. Keeping it off … that's the big problem.
If you've struggled with weight loss and have had little or no success, sometimes it's time to stop doing it the way you have been. It's obvious your method has not worked or has not worked well enough for the effort.
Why not take a new approach. One where …
- Instead of cutting down calories to a bare minimum, you eat a healthy 1700 or more calories.
- You use no drugs.
- You do not count calories.
- You eat according to your choices.
- You eat normal food, not pre-packaged diet meals.
- You eat food and snacks and not some formula from a can.
- Lose weight quickly but not unsafely.
My report "A Physician's Weight Loss Secret" explains this method of losing weight in more detail. I've found, from my research into this problem of emotional eating, the best solution is to eat satisfying meals every 3 to 4 hours … 4 or 5 times a day. It will stop your desires, your binges and any destructive emotional eating patterns. But you'll be more impressed by your weight loss.