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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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Emotional Eaters: 3 Ways to Regain Confidence and Lose Weight

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Emotional eaters, have your past weight loss failures left you feeling like you'll never succeed? Have experiences with dieting contributed to your loss of faith or confidence in yourself? Do you feel defeated?

Diets set emotional eaters up to mistrust ourselves because we expect that we must do things perfectly, without any margin for error, in order to be successful at losing weight. Of course, the reality is that "perfection" is simply impossible. That's why many dieters have feelings of failure that reduce motivation and lower self-esteem.

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How to Control Emotional Eating When You Are Lonely

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Are you longing to love or be loved? Do you wish there was someone who could see, accept, and understand you for who you really are? If so, you're not alone. Many emotional eaters have talked about their feelings of loneliness and how those feelings can lead to insatiable hunger. Here are some thoughts about loneliness and emotional eating:

Loneliness is Normal

Loneliness is a part of the human condition. We can share ourselves, we can make ourselves vulnerable, but there are ways in which we will always be separate. A big part of the problem is feeling like we shouldn't feel lonely. This unrealistic expectation of ourselves (and others) makes us fear loneliness so much that we're unwilling to look it right in the eye.

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How to Stop Overeating at Night

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

Overeating at night is a widespread and difficult component of emotional eating. If you're eating more at night than during the day, you need to start realizing there's more to this kind of overeating than simply the urge to eat tasty treats.

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Emotional Eating: Why You Feel Safer Being Fat (and How You Can Change it)

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012 | POSTED BY DR. GOULD

The most common form of emotional eating is using food to cope with uncomfortable feelings. However, there are many more complex-and sometimes even confusing-reasons we have for being afraid to lose extra weight. Many of these reasons fall under the umbrella of eating to feel safe. These are the same reasons covered in the latter part of the Shrink Yourself program as they're almost like the graduate program of your emotional eating education.

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