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Roger Gould, MD's Weekly Blog
on Emotional Eating

Knowledge is power.
Understanding why you turn to food is the key to changing it. Join in the discussion each week as Dr. Gould shares his valuable insights from over 30-years of clinical experience.

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To Lose Weight You Need a Team: Who's on Yours?


They say that cigarettes are a harder habit to kick than heroin or cocaine. Someone was quick to tell me that the only thing harder than any of those to quit is food. First of all quitting food entirely would result in sudden death (okay, not so sudden, but inevitable death). Besides that, food is everywhere. For many of us it's our first addiction. From that first sip of sweet milk (or formula in my case) we get hooked. You can't escape food and overindulging is so commonly accepted. An alcoholic can avoid bars and choose to have a dry household. A gambler can avoid Vegas. But everyone needs to eat at some point. If you are going to quit any substance, but especially food, there are a few things you need but one that is essential? Read more to find out what that critical component is.

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Become the Master of Your Emotions in Three Easy Steps


One of the reasons that feelings can be so uncomfortable is because you don't know how long they're going to last for. This element of the unknown can make them unbearable. But there are ways to become the master of your feelings rather than your feelings' slave:

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Never Diet Again


What would life look like if you never dieted again? Again and again it seems that all signs point to the fact that diets do more harm than good. If you've been on countless diets in the past, don't fret over lost time, just consider a new way for tomorrow. Susie Orbach, writer and psychotherapist on women's psychology from England, talks a lot about the futility of dieting. Orbach's books include Fat is a Feminist Issue, On Eating and most recently Bodies. Bodies discusses the fact that we tend to link so much of our happiness on the state of physical forms. As if a change in our corporeal state, whether through weight loss or plastic surgery, would alter our outlook and ultimate happiness. Sure, who doesn't like to look good? But what happens when looking good consumes all of your thinking? How is there time for anything else?

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The Pause Before the Purchase


In a recent interview that Dr. Gould had with a British magazine reporter she had an "a-ha-moment." She realized a fundamental difference between the ways in which people have always tried to lose weight and The Shrink Yourself Method. She said, "We have been taught to divert our attention when we are hungry as the way to control through will power but you are saying instead to divert for a little while in order to create a pause, an interruption, time to think about why I am hungry. That is a big difference." This Powerful Pause is your essential tool to avoid mindless eating and be the one in charge of the food choices you make. But there is a place where you need this pause even more than when you're about to put the wrong foods in your mouth. You need this pause at the grocery store or any place you buy your food. If you're the type of person who buys tempting foods hoping you'll have the willpower to avoid eating them keep reading.

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New Study Says "Weight Loss Boils Down to Calories" (Don't Be So Sure That's All You Need)


Are you puzzled by all the diet options that are out there? Is there any right one? Any magic answer? Is low-carb or high-protein or low-fat the way to go? A New England Journal of Medicine study finally answers these questions.

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