As a psychologist who has worked with many individuals who want to lose weight, I can tell you that most of them could write their own books about diets. The problem is seldom, lack of knowledge about what to eat and what not to eat. The issue for most people is that a significant amount of their eating is “emotional”. A good acronym I recently came across, is FLAB. Whenever you put food in your mouth ask yourself are you hungry or is it FLAB- frustration, loneliness, anger or boredom.
Once you determine if it is emotional eating and the particular emotion you are trying to satisfy by eating, work on develop healthier ways to deal with your feelings. Sometimes it may be changing your thoughts and attitudes, other times, you may need to change your behavior and still others, possibly changing the situation or circumstances.
Attitude change is best learned through approaches like cognitive therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy. Changing your behaviors might include practicing slow, deep breathing to relieve stress. Changing the circumstance might include engaging in an activity like jogging.
For more tips and strategies, check-out my self-help guide, “Weight Management” has lots of things you can do to effectively, safely and naturally manage your weight AND your life. It is available at www.cognitivetherapy.cc.