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Get a Handle on Emotional Eating

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Very good points! Thank you! Report
I have figured it out recently that I do have overeating patterns due to emotional stress. I need to work on how to control this behaviour before it hurts my hard efforts. Report
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Absolutely great Report
I just think I have this licked and it comes back again. Report
Adding article to my favorites. I can definitely get caught up in emotional eating and it's not good. I like this article and it's a healthy reminder. Report
Good pointers. Report
Yep, did it today! I was hungry and I was disappointed, maybe angry, and I made a pie that no one was going to eat. Luckily, I escaped with only eating 2 pieces Report
I gave up emotional eating a long time a go! Instead of eating a whole pizza, I. eat a Lean Cuisine French a Bread Pizza! I hope U have a Super & Blessed Saturday! Linda! Report
It is so difficult to go for a walk when you want to eat Report
I stopped with the emotional eating a few years ago, and I have been in maintenance with my weight for a while, but life gets in the way, and I have noticed with the increase in emotional upheaval in my life I a, starting to fall back into that trap and feed my emotion rather than fueling my body. It is an insidious pattern, that can come back at any time. Report
I had a breakthrough just a couple of weeks ago. i talked to myself in order to calm down. I never ever used that technique before. To say the least, I'm shocked how calm i felt just by doing that. No emotional eating at all. Practice makes perfect though :D Report
I have been watching "My 600-lb Life" and going through all the series believe it or not. And although I need to lose about 50 pounds, most of these people are either near 600 pounds or over.

I guess my point is, that with most of the people that are this heavy, and from what the program shows, these men and women do emotional eating.

Most of the women, and some of the men have been sexually abused and that is what triggered their emotional eating; it made them feel "safe and made them feel good" and it was because they felt they had no where else to go or no one else to talk to about their sexual and ongoing sexual abuse. This was very sad but what an eye opener!

And for the ones that were not sexually abused but were still emotional eaters, because they too had other problems with all sorts of relationship issues within their family or significant other.

For most all of these people, their emotional eating habits were established when they were young children; for others, maybe later on in life, whatever the reason.

Dr. Now, and the bariatric doctor on the show who treats these people in Houston, Texas, basically will see these people, take note of their answer when he asks what causes them to over eat. Then he gives them a basic diet of 1,200 calories a day with no snacking, and to eat more protein and to cut the carbs, basically the sugar stuff and processed stuff. Then he has them come back in for a weight check and to see how they are doing. He knows that if they cannot do the diet, then they will have issues later on after surgery in keeping the weight off because they will end up gaining the weight back.

He tells them not to drink soda of any kind after surgery because it will stretch the stomach. And that's not good. He tells the ones that have lymphedema to stick with the diet so that their body can heal.

And there were some that absolutely thought they could cheat and lie to Dr. Now and many of them do; but the fact is the scale does not lie and Dr. Now cuts to the chase and tells them so.

It's sad that people have to submit to weight loss surgery but it is a lifetime commitment once it is done because the sugar will absolutely kill you.

It's not the fat that makes you fat, it's the sugar and the refined carbs because fat doesn't not trigger insulin which is a fat storing hormone, it is the sugar and the refined carbs that will do it to you.

And so for many of these people, Dr. Now will send them to a therapist to talk with them and see why it is that they cannot stick with the diet he gives them. And for many of them, it is emotional eating. And so the therapist helps them see things in a different light and will also recommend journaling as a way to deal with their emotions. A lot of them are successful.

I am thankful for Dr. Now because without him, these people have less than a 5% of surviving at their present weight. The weight loss surgery gives them a second chance at life but it all depends on whether or not they can live with such a diet for the rest of their lives.

I have a friend on face book who lost over 100 pounds and then some, but it took her several years of absolutely clean eating and she looks wonderful! I am so proud of her. It can be done but you have to want it more than anything else and do it. Report

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