How to Deal with Your Emotional Eating

This article will help you to deal with emotional eating and will help you to break free from its grip. You will learn 7 smart and effective strategies to help you do just that. Here they are:

1–Determine if you are really hungry

If you realize that you aren’t hungry and that you shouldn’t eat when you are not hungry, you will be less likely to emotionally eat. To determine your hunger, rate it on a scale of 1 to 5. Make a rule of it to only eat when your hunger is a number 3-5. With all the other numbers, have a glass of cold water or chew on a carrot instead.

2–Avoid cravings and hunger pangs

To help you with cravings and hunger pangs, check out the help of low carb diet products – just read the precautions before you use them.

3–Have healthier versions of food

Try to substitute your emotional eating foods with healthier versions – that way you won’t feel as bad afterwards.

4–Find alternative comforts

Realize that you don’t have to comfort yourself with food and that there are lots of other ways that you can comfort yourself. Try exercise, TV, shopping, sex, massage/spa treatments and flowers.

5–Wait before indulging

Make a rule to wait at least 15 minutes before indulging in your emotional trigger food – this may cause you to forget about it and to not eat emotionally.

6–Think about how you will feel afterwards

Remind yourself of the fact that you will feel worse after emotional overeating. Hopefully that fact will make you think twice about eating emotionally.

7–Have half a portion and go exercise

emotional eatingTo save your waistline, have only half of your emotional eating food and go exercise the extra calories off with a fitness machine or take a walk.

If you implement these tips next time that you want to emotionally eat, you will be on your way to overcoming your emotional eating. Just be patient as you will not overcome it with one try.

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