Emotional Eating – How to Control it To Loose Weight

Emotional Eating – How to Control it To Loose Weight

Article by Carrie Wallis

Emotional eating is one of the main reasons for weight gain. Identify and control your emotional eating and you will enjoy permanent weight loss.

Many diets affect the end results of emotional eating without addressing the causes. This is why so many diets work only in the short term.

It is important to address the reason for your weight gain in the first place. This is the reason why so many conventional and fad diets fail, because they take the food intake away and reduce the calories, but they do not identify and deal with the causes of the weight gain.

Because of this you should change the way you view weight loss entirely. Forget looking for a quick fix solution or fad diet, yes you can enjoy rapid results, but this is not a healthy way to address weight loss. Sadly the end result is that one to two thirds of people end up gaining not only the weight they lost, but also more, known as yo-yo dieting.

Ask yourself this;

Do you eat when you are only physically hungry?

The chances are, like most people, you don’t. It is very likely that you associate food with certain emotions and eat when you are emotionally hungry as well.

Do you make psychological associations to food?

People make psychological associations, often without realising it, and will connect an emotional feeling with an object or food.

During periods of emotional excess, such as boredom, anger, frustration, sadness and feeling upset, we crave to be comforted and so often this craving is for food.

People who associate these emotions with food will often eat something, even though they are not physically hungry, to gain the feeling of comfort.

Step one: Identify your own emotional triggers.

Identify your emotional triggers and what food you associate with them to gain comfort.

For example, when you are feeling bored you may head to the freezer and treat yourself to a bowl of double choc chip ice cream.

Or perhaps when you are upset about something maybe you tend to tuck into a box of chocolates or cheese cake.

As you go through this process you will identify your excess eating and what triggers you to eat in this way. You’ll possibly find that you didn’t even realise you were doing it!

Step two: Control your emotional triggers

Once you have identified your emotional triggers to food you need to bring those emotional triggers under control.

So how can I control my emotional eating?

The power of suggestion and the power of the mind will help you overcome your food cravings naturally, effortlessly changing the way you think about your relationship with food for the rest of your life.

One of the most popular ways to engage the power of the mind is to use a hypnosis CD/DVD. Used daily, they will help you reshape the way you think about food and will help you to eliminate your food cravings. This will enable you to gain effortless control of your eating habits forever and you will have no trouble in maintaining weight loss motivation.

Step three: Introduce an exercise programme into your daily schedule.

You can get going and create a more active lifestyle by using one of the many exercise DVD’s available on the market today. There really is no need to slug it out down the gym if you don’t want to.

There are many exercise DVD’s available covering all types of exercise, from specialised exercise such as yoga, Tai chi and Pilates, right through to beginners exercises that you can do at home without any expensive or specialised equipment.

You could also take a 30 minute brisk walk each day and even do more gardening to become more active too.

Exercise will enable you to tone and strengthen your body, burn fat and increase your lean body mass. Because muscle burns more calories your metabolism is naturally increased.


By taking these three steps to lose weight you will enjoy quick but permanent weight loss. By identifying your emotional triggers you can gain effortless control of your eating habits by using the power of your mind. You will never again return to yo-yo dieting.

Importantly, you will not need to starve or deprive yourself of your favourite foods. After all, one reason why traditional diets fail is because they often involve depriving yourself of your favourite foods, often for long periods of time.

Deprivation becomes monotonous in your mind and leads to cravings for your favourite foods. Inevitably this craving will lead to a binge and a breaking of the diet.

This is the reason why so many people who have used traditional and fad diet methods regain all, and often more, of the initial weight lost. Take control of your emotional triggers now and you won’t be one of them!

Ian Barclay researches and provides information on emotional eating and weightloss. He aims to provide you with useful information and content that helps you to attain your aims and goals.

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Having struggled for years to loose weight after the birth of my children, back in 2006 finally I lost 20kg and got myself back to my pre children weight. The increase in my self esteem that came with this loss and the discovery of a regime that is fun, easy to follow and has enabled me to retain the loss has made me passionate about helping others, who want to, do the same.

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