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Emotional Eating can Ruin Your Life

Emotional eating that adds fifteen or more excess pounds to your body can ruin your life.  But not all eating is emotional and of the three types of eating, it helps to know what kind of eater you are.

Emotional eating can ruin your life with dozens of extra pounds. Emotional Overeating can affect your self worth causing you to miss out on a social life, contribute to low self esteem, and constantly sell yourself short.

Yet, when you know how to manage emotions and deal with them effectively, emotional eating can be managed and excess pounds dissolved.

However, to do so, it's important to know that there are three kinds of over eating. The first type is habitual eating, the second is emotional eating, and the third is self defeative eating.

How the process works. We first begin by assuming the tempatation to overeat is habitual. Eating from habit is being at a certain place at a certain time--like stopping at McDonalds every morning. The most effective means of handling habitual eating is awareness. For instance, a basic thinking technique wherein you ask yourself if you really want to stop.." You either say "Yes, I want to stop, " or, "No, let's skip it."

A "no" response means that you skip food meaning that it was habitual eating that you bypassed. A "yes" answer means that you stopped for the bagel and that it is emotional eating with which you are dealing.

Handling emotional eating is to acknowledge the predominate emotion of the moment when you had the thought of eating. You isolate that emotion and choose to feel it instead of diluting it with food.

Being that emotions are stressful for most emotional eaters, it's important to learn a lot more about emotions before expecting weight loss.

Once you've mastered the art of emotions, if it's emotional eating, you then leave food out of your life for the moment and have freed yourself of emotional eating.

However if after applying your emotional skills you still eat, then you're dealing with self destructive eating. What is self destructive eating? It's a fear of being thin in that you might not meet your expectations on you. In other words, the excess pounds becomes an excuse for not achieving friends, success, skills...

To overcome self defeative eating it's important to focus on overcoming your fears of the future. Read self help books, listen to self improvement cds, take adult education classes, build your self esteem and self confidence... Of course these are great things to do anyway, emotional over eater or not.

An effective approach to losing weight involves asking important questions "What is missing? Why are you not getting the results you've been promised from the books you've been reading and the experts you've consulted?" It is simply ridiculous to keep trying to control your diet when the results are so inadequate. It's more important to gain a grasp on how to handle emotional eating--eating emotional stress than it is to read the scale. Besides focusing on the scale doesn't empower you to be a better more enlightened person, whereas learning how to overcome emotional eating empowers you in all aspects of your life. If you're a teacher, you'll be a better teacher. If you're an a policeman, you'll be a better policeman; a mother, a better mother... OverallScience Articles, you'll build self worth and find that what you really want to eat is far more nutritious and less in quantity than you ever before imagined possible.

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Richard Kuhns B.S.Ch.E., NGH certified, an expert in the area of hypnosis with his best selling hypnosis and stress management cds at and  He aims to raise awareness in using hypnosis for self overcoming emotional eating. To learn more about emotional eating please go to

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