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Weight Loss and Control:
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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If Not Overeating, Then What?


So many overeaters that I talk to say, "I don't know what I would do if I didn't stuff my feelings down with food." Dr. Gould says, "If you really want to know what's bothering you, stop eating, and it will all surface." Gosh, the idea of that can be scary because many of us emotional eaters don't know what we'd do if we stopped using food to deal with life. Of course, that's what we're all learning here but it still can be frightening. As the end of the school year approaches and there are graduations and summer vacations to plan with less money than ever, I invite you to slow down for a few minutes and breathe. To help you along, this week I thought I'd write something less clinical, and more reflective.

If I didn't keep stuffing my feelings with food I would....

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3 Essential Things to Remember If You’re Trying to Lose Weight


By now most of you know that our main belief system here at Shrink Yourself is that the majority of overeating is a result of emotional eating - using food to cope with feelings. Therefore, when you learn to address your feelings (as we teach you to do) your desire for food naturally diminishes. However, since the body is an integrated system in which your physical health can affect your emotional health, and your emotional health can affect your physical health, weight loss must be approached from many angles. If you really have worked on your emotional eating and you're still not getting the results you want there might be something physiological going on. Consider the things below:

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How Long Do I Have to Wait to See Change?


Diets that promise results in thirty days usually get a lot of attention. They appeal to the part of us that wants instant gratification. We want results and we want them now. The problem with change is that it doesn't ever happen fast enough for our liking. And we get frustrated and defeated. Real change takes time and therefore a whole lot of patience.

If you're doing everything you can to address your health; eating well, exercising regularly and dealing with your emotional well being how do you keep pressing on even when you're not getting results as quickly as you'd like? Here are a few suggestions to help you keep on, keeping on.

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Overeating: How to Avoid Falling Off the Wagon


Overeating is as commonplace as drinking bottled water. Portions are bigger in restaurants. We eat out all the time. Fattening foods are synonymous with good times. And it's acceptable to bring a snack almost anywhere you go. We could potentially be eating almost all of the time if we're not careful. Cutting back can feel impossible in a world where food is so readily accessible. How do you reign yourself in when it can be so easy to spiral out?

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