Overcoming Emotional Eating – Tips From Bob Harper

OK. Its official. I am an emotional eater. I just read the book “Are You Ready!: To Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change Your Life Forever” by Bob Harper and its really got some good tips on overcoming emotional eating. He deals with your baggage and fears that are keeping you fat. You learn to reconnect with your body and forgive yourself for what you've done to it. He talks about the value of a food journal (which we've been preaching about since day one. He has chapters on eating right and lots of pictures of exercises. In terms of emotional eating, its one of the best books I've read.

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Tips On Overeating

Look at your watch and eat every four hours. We hear so much about “Starvation mode” but according to Bob's book you have to eat less than 1200 calories to get your body to go into starvation mode. Be sure to notice how you feel at four hours. This is physical hunger.

If you find yourself going to fridge and it hasn't been four hours ask yourself “How Do I feel? What is happening right now? Why am I turning to food?” and this is the hard part. STOP. Go for a walk instead. He has all sorts of ways to beat stress that don't involve Dairy Queen.

If you have emotional issues (in Bob's case he had issues with his Father) you may need to face those, and in many cases acknowledge that its not your fault, and move on.

Find one thing about yourself that you like. Remember that, and focus on that. This will be the one thing that you will use to build your confidence.

If you need a food journal, I've heard good things about www.thedailyplate.com

Are You Practicing The Wrong Things?

In every book I read, they all say don't beat yourself up if you “fall off the food wagon.” I say “no, feel a little bad.” You need a negative consequence. If there is no negative consequence it makes it easier to do it again. Just like anything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. You want this pattern when you are doing the right things. I think the point is don't make yourself feel so bad that you quit. That I understand, but don't make it easy for yourself to do the wrong thing.

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Yes I know its been a while. I had a horrible “end of semester” that had me stressed out to the max. I found out quickly that when my stress level goes up, my will power goes down. Stress made me feel so bad that eating made me forget whatever was stressing me out.

Now I was eating bad things like ice cream, chips, doughnuts, I was eating fruit, cereal, and English muffins. The bad news is I was taking in WAY more calories than I was burning. So when your life is full of stress it makes it harder to stay focused on fitness.

Look at your finances. Do you need all 79 channels on your cable package? Going to basic cable may save you 50+ dollars. Renting movies from the library is free. Instead of taking the bus or driving why not walk to the store.

Look at your family is there a way to get support from family members?

Look for ways to do things smarter, more efficient, that will reduce your stress.

In my case, I didn't do the small things that lead to good grades, and I suffered the consequences. It is the same way with fitness. We need to do little things like get off the couch, to substitute fruit for chips, and  to drink water instead of soda. When we do these things we will enjoy the rewards.

Possibly the Dumbest Article Ever!
I read an article that stated that if you have a choice of eating a Big Mac or a Whopper to eat the Big Mac (Whopper has more calories and more saturated fat). The answer is EAT THE GRILLED CHICKEN SADNWICH HOLD THE MAYO! – silly.

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