I can continue to ask questions, but all the answers would lead to the same point: diets don’t work. If you’re eating when you’re not physically hungry, you’re emotionally eating, and no diet can solve that problem. And if you don’t stop eating when you’re physically full (not stuffed), no diet can solve that problem either.
I’ve worked with eating disorders for over 20 years and am convinced that whether you want to lose 5 lbs or 305 lbs, emotional eating will get in your way. Binge Eating Disorder is the most common eating problem in the U.S., and is probably increasing. The crucial key to stopping binge eating is to identify what you’re feeling when your body isn’t physically hungry but you want to eat anyway. The next step is to learn to address the feeling before you take the first bite. You know, of course, that once you taste the first morsel of that chocolate chip cookie, all bets are off.
If you engage in this process with sincere determination you can look forward to liberation from your food demons and an enhanced sense of well-being. You will lose weight because you’ll be eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full.
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