How to control emotional eating?

My emotional eating has gotten waaay outta hand!! =( I don’t know if I can control it anymore and I don’t know if it is within me to do so. I lose sight of my weight loss goal every now and then but lately it has gone on for a long time. I lose then gain, lose then gain. I hate being on this downward endless cycle but I feel like I can not help myself. Does any1 ever feel like this? My mom said I might have anxiety and/or depression but I do not want to take any meds, because it will only help temporarily. Could any1 give me any inspirational and motivational words or web links (your best ones please)? Thank you. =) And also book(s) that has helped very many people out there like me. I would like to once and for all rid myself of this emotional/impulsive eating cycle!!! =)

Answer #2

when you feel hungry, drink water– or try to change so that water is your comfort food (erhhh drink) and you should be doing better,,

Answer #3

how old are you?

i’m 15 and i over-eat to get rid of emotions and i am EXTREMELY over-wieght(not obeese yet thank god) but if it is depression you should really go see a doctor cause i did. she said that if you keep over-eating when your depressed you WILL gain alot of weight. which will make you very unhappy with your apperence which can lead to cutting,suicide thoughts,and of couse eating disorders.

try finding something healthy to do when your sad or emotional. maybe go on a walk or write in a diary or something. writing things down on paper really help. and if you NEED to eat, eat healthy. eating a gajillion vegtables is sooo much healther then eating a pint of ice cream.

hope that helps :)

Answer #4

Asking this kind of question in a community will probably get you the typical answers: Drink plenty of water; distract yourself so you don’t think about food; eat lots of “filler foods”; try this appetite suppressant pill or these sprinkles; call a friend; walk your dog, etc.

But most probably won’t help your situation very much because most people cannot understand it. I know because I had the same problem for most of my life. It started when I was a kid and persisted into my adult years.

Oftentimes, there’s a lot more going on than we’re aware of that causes this problem. Sometimes people think it’s simply emotional eating; other times they think it’s just a bunch of bad habits or an eating disorder.

It’s hard to describe exactly how you feel when this happens, I know, so I’ll post an excerpt from my site that gives a little bit of my personal experience to see if it is congruent with yours. If so, there’s only one way to fix it; the site will tell you how as I don’t have enough room to write everything I would like to here. It’s an unconventional approach, but I guarantee you it works!

Begin excerpt from [link removed]:

Scenario 1:

Ever since I was a kid, I would get around food and suddenly feel an uncontrollable urge to eat. It was almost as if I was magnetically attracted to the food, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t resist it or put it down. Whenever this happened, I would eat until I finished the entire box, package or container, or, until I was almost sick.

Scenario 2:

I would sit down to have a meal, and I would unexplainably continue eating even if I was no longer hungry. I would start to eat, and then for some reason, I couldn’t or didn’t want to stop. It was like something inside of me was driving me to eat more, and before I knew it, I had eaten two or three times as much as I had originally planned.

If you’ve experienced either of these two scenarios—to some degree at least—then you already know how frustrating and problematic they can be (especially when it comes to weight gain). For me, however, they were more than just experiences; they were lifelong burdens that plagued me from my childhood well into my adult years.

To give you an idea of just how dangerously serious this problem was for me, there were times when I would have such an insatiable urge for food that I would literally eat everything I could get my hands on.

Sometimes I ate a whole large pizza; once in a while I ate half a cake or a pie; a few times I ate four or more Whopper hamburgers with fries and a shake, and once, I even ate more than a dozen tacos (back when Taco Bell had six and twelve packs).

If it was edible and it was in front of me I would eat it, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t stop myself.

After many years of thinking I had bad eating habits, lacked self-discipline and was just plain crazy, my life changed forever when I attended a workshop-type retreat and discovered the mind-boggling truth.

Continue reading here: [link removed]/

All the best, Alex Hernandez

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