How To Handle Boredom Eating

June 7, 2018

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Only about 2% to 5% of dieters manage to keep weight off after a diet!  Most of us can stick with a diet for a few weeks, or to get into that dress or pair of jeans for an important event but after that, research shows that we not only gain the weight back, but pile on more. The major reason diets fail is they only tackle food consumption and not the underlying emotional, psychological and habitual triggers. Stress and boredom are the biggest contributors to overeating. But knowledge is your best weapon you can have to keep those extra pounds off.  Besides exercise, knowing your eating triggers can be a game-changer. Here's a simple way for you to tell if you're indeed hungry or just eating because you are stressed or bored. The broccoli test.  Imagine whatever you are about to eat is broccoli.  If you are feeling the urge to eat it, you may well be physiologically hungry and not physically. If the image of a pile of broccoli stops you in your tracks, check-in with yourself to see if you're a bit stressed, bored or trying to escaping another emotion (e.g. frustration, sadness, longing or even positive emotions such as excitement). If you find you're not really hungry, but the craving is driving you mad, distract yourself. Read a book, go for a walk or talk to a friend. This will occupy your mind and soon the craving will pass. Most importantly with any lifestyle change, including your diet, on average it takes 66 days for a new habit to take, so be patient and don't quit.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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