If you have a few pounds to lose because you went on vacation and indulged a little, it may be easy to simply go on a diet for a week or two, and lose weight, or do a quick fast or detox and even lose weight in a week. But for those who use food to anesthetize their feelings, just as an alcoholic or drug addict does, losing weight can seem like running over a very, very steep mountain.
Firstly, how do you know if you are an emotional eater, or someone who overeats? Answer these questions:
Do I think excessively about food?
Do I eat when I am unhappy, angry, worried or upset?
Do I eat when I am bored?
Do I eat when I watch TV?
Do I continue to eat after I am satisfied, sometimes to the point of feeling sick?
Is food what I most enjoy in life?
Do I plan binges?
Do I eat without thinking?
Do I have to clean my plate, even if I am full?
Do I dish up large portions for myself?
Do I eat in secret, or hide food?
Do I feel bad/guilty after I eat?
Do I eat small portions in front of people, but go back for more when others aren't around?
Do I wish I could just think about food like normal, slim people do?
Do I binge (eat large portions of food in a short period of time)?
Is it possible for me to dip my hand into a packet of snacks and only eat a little, or do I eat the whole bag?
Do I feel out of control and impulsive when eating?
Do I eat when I am physically hungry?
Do I even know when I am hungry?
Do I have impulse problems in other areas of my life (shopping, gambling, sex, alcohol, pornography, drugs)?
Have I tried many diets over the years?
Do I experience weight fluctuations?
If you answered yes to all of these, you may be really depressed and eating as you read this. If you answered yes to many of these questions, you are probably an emotional eater, or overeater, which means that feelings often trigger your desire to eat, or overeating has become such a habit in your life, you no longer know how to even identify hunger.
Overeating, or emotional eating, usually starts in childhood due to an emotionally traumatic event, or when child feels the need for comfort. Other people become overeaters or emotional eaters as a result of trauma or stress.
Here are the steps to finding permanent healing in order to lose weight permanently:
1. Understand the reason you are overweight.
2. Simply increase the amount of good food in your diet while not depriving yourself of anything.
3. Exercise daily, but make the goal a realistic one.
4. Don't eat before bedtime.
5. When you eat and your body is satisfied, you will notice that you sigh. At this stage, put your plate down and just pause for a few minutes. If you are still hungry, continue eating, but if not, stop.
6. Understand your trigger points and stop putting yourself in situations that make you want to eat.
7. We were created to worship God with our spirits. When we don't do this, we turn to "things" to fill the emptiness inside. Turning to food is one such way. To conquer overeating, or emotional eating, you have to make God number one in your life, so you can be filled on Him and not on food. When this step is not followed, it is unlikely that you will lose weight permanently.
8. Stop eating the foods that are really bad for you.
10. Practice self-discipline in all areas of your life, as well as with food. This means portion control and stopping when full.
If you need help, guidance or support, sign up for our free "Get Thin for Good" program which was created to help the overeater, or emotional eater, to change the way they relate to food so that they can lose weight for good. It does not involve dieting, using slimming products or feeling deprived. Go to http://www.get-thin-for-good.com to subscribe or get more answers.
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