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.
Bad Dating Experiences?
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