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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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You can read articles by Dr. Roger Gould in the July, 2007 issue of Good Housekeeping and the August, 2007 issue of Psychology Today.

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Is It Too Late to Lose the Weight?


I get asked this question by people that have struggled with their weight all the time. People worry that their overeating pattern is so engrained that it can never be changed. People worry that if they do lose the weight that their skin will hang and the world will know that they were once fat. People worry that they just won't be able to bear another failure.

It is NEVER too late.

The part of a movie or television show that is always the most moving is when someone the main character believed to be unsupportive finally comes around. The wife in Evan Almighty. The father in Billy Elliot. Dr. Bailey on Grey's Anatomy.

In the best stories, in the eleventh hour someone shows up and no matter how many times they failed before, we cheer. It's just that the person you're waiting to show up for you, is you.

It's NEVER too late to show up for yourself. You can lose the weight.

Depression & Anxiety Affect The Outcome of Obesity Surgeries


In an article in The Santa Monica Daily Press published on June 17, 2006 it detailed how a federally funded research study determined that obese people suffering from depression and anxiety lose less weight after obesity surgery.

It outlined the importance of treating emotional issues before expecting weight loss success.

Whether you are attempting to lose weight through the most common regime (diet and exercise) or the most extreme (surgery) this article is a reminder of the fact that it's a prerequisite to dieting sucess to exercise your mind before your body.

I have said this before but it's worth repeating. When you feel good about yourself, that's when you're ready to set yourself up to succeed on any healthy eating plan you choose.

Are You An Emotional Eater? (An Excerpt from Shrink Yourself)


To find out if you're an emotional eater, answer the following seven questions:
The last time you ate too much:

1. Did you notice your hunger coming on fast, or did it grow gradually?
2. When you got hungry, did you feel an almost desperate need to eat something right away?
3. When you ate, did you pay attention to what went in your mouth, or did you just stuff it in?
4. When you got hungry, would any nutritious food have sufficed, or did you need a certain type of food or treat to satisfy yourself?
5. Did you feel guilty after you ate?
6. Did you eat when you were emotionally upset or experiencing feelings of "emptiness"?
7. Did you stuff in the food very quickly?

Let's see how you did.
1. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly while physical hunger develops slowly. Physical hunger begins with a tummy rumble, then it becomes a stronger grumble, and finally it evolves into hunger pangs, but it's a slow process, very different from emotional hunger, which has a sudden, dramatic onset.
2. Unlike physical hunger, emotional hunger demands food immediately, and it wants immediate satisfaction. Physical hunger, on the other hand, will wait for food.
3. A difference between physical and emotional hunger involves mindfulness. To satisfy physical hunger, you normally make a deliberate choice about what you consume, and you maintain awareness of what you eat. You notice how much you put in your mouth so that you can stop when you're full. Emotional hunger, in contrast, rarely notices what's being eaten. If you have emotional hunger, you'll want more food even after you're stuffed.
4. Emotional hunger often demands particular foods in order to be fulfilled. If you're physically hungry, even carrots will look delicious. If you're emotionally hungry, however, only cake or ice cream or your particular preferred indulgence will seem appealing.
5. Emotional hunger often results in guilt or promises to do better next time. Physical hunger has no guilt attached to it, because you know you ate in order to maintain health and energy.
6. Emotional hunger results from some emotional trigger. Physical hunger results from a physiological need.
7. When you are feeding physical hunger, you can eat your food and savor each bite, but when you eat to fulfill emotional hunger you stuff the food in. All of a sudden you look down and the whole pint of ice cream is gone.

Dr. Gould on the Huffington Post


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You'll notice from the comments that people are pretty resistant to the idea that feelings play such a huge role in losing weight. I think we need to make it safe for people to understand how painful the idea of giving up the comfort of food can be. Once we don't have to feel ashamed about this, there will be room for real change.