I just received my latest Health magazine issue and on the cover are a number of ways to lose weight. All of the magazines at the grocery store have easy ways to lose weight.
- How to lose 10 pounds in two weeks
- How to lose weight by walking
- Lose weight without dieting
- How many diets have you been on in the past year
- How many exercise programs have you tried in the past 5 years
- How many of you have hired a trainer or joined a gym and gave it 100%, but after 3 months stopped
- What is it going to take to lose weight and keep it off
There are many answers to how to lose weight easily, but reality tells us it’s not so easy. When starting a new program we are very excited and give it 100%. We see the weight come off, feel better, and healthier but why do we then stop?
Nutrition plays a large roll. Here is an excerpt from my next book: “IsoBreathing The Next Level.”
Are you an emotional eater?
We all have our good days and “bad” days. What is it going to take to get you off the emotional eating roller coaster?
Stress Eating: Stress can bring on increased levels of cortisol, known as “the stress hormone.” Cortisol is beneficial to the body, but excessive levels brought on by stress can cause a slew of problems in the body. Cortisol can create different cravings for salty and sweet foods.
Social Eating: Often people who are under stress will seek out friends to go out to eat- we tend to go out for a nice meal. Crying on your friend’s shoulder over a couple of drinks, a plate full of fried appetizers, sharing a bowl of chips with the guys as you watch a game, or talking about a horrible date. It can make you feel better in the short term, but you may regret it later.
How about when you go out to an event or social gathering? How many of you hang out at the buffet table and chat, or take a taste from every tray that passes you by. Before you know it you have consumed a full days worth of calories.
Childhood Habits: Many of us have comforting childhood memories that revolve around food. Remember the gatherings of family and friends for special occasions, or rewards from your parents or teachers with sweets when you have done something successful. How about when you were not feeling well or fell and scraped your knee? Did mom and dad get you a ” treat”? This type of emotional eating is very common: people eat to celebrate, feel better, and deal with the stress of being overweight.
Emotional Eating: Food can take the focus off of your anxiety, anger, resentment, fear, happiness, sadness, loneliness and stress just to name a few. People who are not comfortable with communication or confrontation may deal with their frustrations through food.
There are many reasons for emotional eating. If you are trying to lose weight it may feel like an uphill battle. You must be the one to watch for these triggers and work on overcoming these issues.
Do you fall into any of the above categories? I have been teaching lifestyle changes for almost 30 years and have run into so many clients with the above eating patterns. Once you are made aware of what your triggers are, you can then take steps to overcome them.
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