“Help control emotional eating by keeping a food journal. This action interrupts your thought, and that can disrupt your mood causing the craving. This is another suggestion of deliberate ways to move your thinking to a more practical level.” Bill Chesnut, MD
On a mission to lose weight? Get your head in the game!
Quick: What’s the number one reason most weight-loss programs fail? It’s probably not what you think. A new survey of more than 1,000 Americans suggests that no matter how much we think we know about losing weight — for example, that we need to eat less and move more — the majority of people don’t realize just how important psychological well-being is to lose weight and to keep it off. Researchers say we need to pay closer attention to why we’re eating, since the strongest food cravings, and the ones that can sabotage our efforts, often come when we’re weakest emotionally. If you think emotional eating may be affecting your efforts to get to your ideal weight, try keeping a food journal. In addition to writing down what and when you eat, record how you’re feeling, too. Are you hungry? Or are you bored or stressed? Once you’re able to identify patterns in your eating, you’ll have a better chance of establishing healthier ones. Keeping a food journal has the added benefits of holding yourself accountable for your choices and letting you keep track of your success over time. And success is the name of the game.
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