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How can finding what drives you to eat help with losing weight?

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At the most basic level, food is fuel. It gives you energy to do things. But very few people eat just for that reason. It’s at every social gathering. And it’s where a lot of us turn when we have a rough day. You’ll need to know what makes you want to eat when you’re not hungry, and have a plan for those moments. The first step is finding out what your triggers are. Is it stress, anger, anxiety, or depression in a certain part of your life? Or is food your main reward when something good happens? Next, try to notice when those feelings come up, and have a plan ready to do something else instead of eating. Could you take a walk? Text a friend? Lastly, reward yourself for making a different choice. Just don’t use food as the reward.

From: How to Lose Weight Safely WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Caroline Apovian, MD, Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Boston Medical Center.

Monica Auslander, registered dietitian, Essence Nutrition, Miami.

Alison Borkowska, PhD, WeightNot.

Jewels Lett, registered dietitian.

Jessica Levings, Balanced Pantry.

Dana Simpler, MD, Mercy Medical Center.

Adrienne Youdim, MD.

Robert Ziltzer, MD, Scottsdale Weight Loss Center.

International Journal of Behavioral Medicine : “The association between rate of initial weight loss and long-term success in obesity treatment: does slow and steady win the race?”

Obesity Reviews : “Lessons from obesity management programmes: greater initial weight loss improves long-term maintenance.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Staying Away from Fad Diets.”

CDC: “Losing Weight.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Healthy Eating Plan.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chart of High-Fiber Foods.”

USDA: “All About the Protein Foods Group.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on February 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Caroline Apovian, MD, Nutrition and Weight Management Center, Boston Medical Center.

Monica Auslander, registered dietitian, Essence Nutrition, Miami.

Alison Borkowska, PhD, WeightNot.

Jewels Lett, registered dietitian.

Jessica Levings, Balanced Pantry.

Dana Simpler, MD, Mercy Medical Center.

Adrienne Youdim, MD.

Robert Ziltzer, MD, Scottsdale Weight Loss Center.

International Journal of Behavioral Medicine : “The association between rate of initial weight loss and long-term success in obesity treatment: does slow and steady win the race?”

Obesity Reviews : “Lessons from obesity management programmes: greater initial weight loss improves long-term maintenance.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Staying Away from Fad Diets.”

CDC: “Losing Weight.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Healthy Eating Plan.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chart of High-Fiber Foods.”

USDA: “All About the Protein Foods Group.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on February 7, 2019

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