|Conquer Emotional Eating with Smart Thinking
to Lose Weight
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Comfort Emotional Eating Can Ruin Your Life
Dozens of extra pounds from emotional eating can ruin your life. It can affect your self worth causing you to constantly sell yourself short, miss out on a social life, and contribute to low self esteem.
Yet, when you know what you are doing, emotional eating can be managed and excess pounds dissolved.
However, to do so, it's important to know that there are three times of over eating. First is habitual eating. The second is emotional eating and the third is self defeative eating.
How it works. We begin by assuming all over eating is habitual. Eating out of habit is being at a certain place at a certain time--like stopping at the bagel shop every morning. The most effective means of handling habitual eating is awareness. A basic thinking technique wherein you ask yourself if you really want to stop. Your answer is either "Yes, I want to stop, " or, "No, let's skip it."
If the answer is "No," you pass by and it was habitual eating that you eliminated. If the answer, is "Yes," and you stop for the bagel, then you are dealing with emotional eating.
Handling emotional eating is to acknowledge the predominate emotion of the moment when you had the thought of eating. You isolate that emotion and choose to feel it instead of diluting it with food.
If it's emotional eating, then you leave food out of your life for the moment and have freed yourself of emotional eating.
If however, you still eat, then you're looking at self defeative eating. Self defeative eating is actually a fear of being thin because you might not live up to your expectations of yourself. In other words, the excess pounds becomes an excuse for not achieving success, friends, skills...
To overcome self defeative eating it's important to focus on overcoming your fears of the future. Read self help books, listen to self improvement CDs, take adult education classes, build your self esteem and self confidence. Not that these are not good things to do anyway, but particularly so if you're a self defeative eater.
A progressive approach to managing weight involves asking important questions "What is missing? Why are you not getting the results you've been promised?" It is clearly insane to keep dieting when the results are so poor. It's more important to gain a grasp on how to handle emotional eating--eating emotional stress than it is to read the scale. Besides focusing on the scale doesn't empower you to be a better more enlightened person, whereas learning how to overcome emotional eating empowers you in all aspects of your life. If you're a sales person, you'll be a better sales person. If you're an assembly line worker, you'll be a better assembly line worker; a mother, a better mother... Overall, you'll build self worth and find that what you really want to eat is far more nutritious and less in quantity than you ever before imagined possible.
Richard Kuhns B.S.Ch.E. NGH certified, a prominent figure in the personal development field. His goal is to provide all the tools one needs to successfully deal with emotional eating.