If you respond to any emotional situation—happy or sad—by overeating, and you want to stop, there are solutions. But you’re not going to find them in your refrigerator, on a pastry cart, or in a restaurant. You’ll have to look deeper. First step: Learn to recognize and acknowledge emotional overeating for what it is so you can start eating to satisfy real hunger, and not give in to a habit of using food to distract yourself from dealing with feelings.

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Gather Support

A network of family and friends, including professional help in the form of a therapist or coach, if necessary, can be as important to your success as your own motivation and efforts. Those who care about your well-being can help by cheering you on, sharing ideas for healthier meals, recognizing the emotional underpinnings of your overeating issues, and perhaps even helping to diffuse some of the emotional situations that trigger your overeating. Surround yourself with people willing to lend an ear, offer encouragement and motivation, or maybe even join in as cooking, walking or workout buddies. (Photo:Unsplash, Helena Lopes)

Updated: Sep 4, 2019
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