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How To Stop Emotional Eating:Compulsive Overeating Disorder Or Common Daily Occurence?

iStock 000006087827XSmall 210x300 How To Stop Emotional Eating:Compulsive Overeating Disorder Or Common Daily Occurence?I am the worst culprit when it comes to emotional eating.  I used to eat when I was bored, sad, happy, you name it.  Other times I would eat  because I was simply in close proximity to the refrigerator even though I just opened it 20 seconds ago! I know a lot of people can relate with me on this one so I figured I would give some helpful tips on how to stop emotional eating.

As I Am Writing This… I Am Wondering What Is In The Refrigerator???

This kind of eating is often known as emotional eating and can be extremely hard to break when trying to lose fat.  Let’s be honest… life happens and we tend to turn to food as a source of comfort.  Although it may sound normal for people to do this, it can slowly catch up with you and develop into a bad case of compulsive overeating disorder.  People do NOT gain a lot of weight overnight.  One stressful year not handled correctly can cause someone to gain more than 50 lbs without them even realizing it.

Here’s How To Tell If Your Body Really Needs Food

Real Hunger: 1)It grows gradually  2) You’ll eat anything  3) Food can wait  4)You stop eating when you are full   5) You feel good after eating   6) You feel energized

Emotional Hunger: 1) Hits suddenly  2) You crave a specific food (usually high in fat or sugar)  3) Needs to be satisfied NOW!    4) No amount of food fills you   5) You feel guilty after stuffing your face    6) You feel heavy and bloated

I battle with emotional eating all the time.  I am not going to sit here and try and say that it never happens, but I do something proactive when it rears its ugly head.  Here is a few ways I keep myself on track.

You Have No One To Blame

1) Own up to the fact that, if left unchecked, emotional eating will lead to serious weight problems! There is no way around it! Simply put, emotional eating is the number one saboteur of weight management. Because everyone at one time or another has used food as a coping mechanism, it is important to understand that emotional eating is a very real problem. Whether you eat to avoid boredom and loneliness or to medicate stress and anxiety, here are the key steps to defeat emotional eating:

A) Connect your weight, self-image and eating patterns to the quality of your life

B) Commit to exercise, healthy eating    habits and change in perception

C) Choose not to wear you pain (e.g. unwanted pounds).

2) Find an appropriate outlet for your stress, instead of eating. This can include anything from taking a brisk walk (This is my holy grail) , journaling, running in place, squeezing a stress ball, or lifting weights. Depending on your lifestyle, you can choose the stress buster that works best for your needs. If you already keep a daily journal, it is important to focus on what you are thinking and feeling during moments of great stress. It is also very important to make observations about food cravings. These observations will identify your triggers as well as your drug of choice–the “comfort food” you typically desire.

3) Give a reason to keep your fat loss goals in mind that drives you to stay in the best shape of your life….. like looking good for a dream cruise/beach vacation,  high school class reunion, etc..

Note: There are plenty of “how to stop emotional eating” tips on the net but I have found these to work exceptionally well.  You are addressing the in’s and out’s of the root cause of unnecessary eating. If you still can’t crack the problem, there is more than likely a deep root to the cause of your eating habits. You may have considered yourself as a likely candidate to have a compulsive overeating disorder, but I found that there is more to the equation. I highly suggest reading a post I wrote called “The Phase One Diet: The Only Proven Antifungal Diet To Combat Both Disease And Weight Gain” as well as “Is There A Fungus Link To Weight Loss

Find Out If Protein Guilt Is Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

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Carbohydrates and Fats have both taken their turn as the evil food that you should never eat, but protein is always the golden child that can do no wrong.

Or Can It?

I think protein has been put so high on a pedestal for both weight loss and muscle gaining that you can begin to suffer from something I like to call “protein guilt”.

So What Is Protein Guilt? Well I’ll Tell You.

If you eat any food and especially EXTRA food simply because you think you need it for protein, then you have protein guilt.

I realized I had protein guilt a few years ago when I used to analyze every meal I ate for the protein content. If the meal I was eating didn’t have at least 30 grams of protein I went out of my way to eat something else to make sure I got my 30 grams.

This is a perfect example of protein guilt – I felt guilty if I didn’t eat a precise amount of protein at every meal. I couldn’t just enjoy food anymore, I could only think about the protein content because I believed protein was so important for burning fat and gaining muscle.

Now I realize that I was actually OVEREATING because I felt the need to get more protein into my body. I would drink an extra glass of milk or make sure I ordered double chicken breast when I ate salads, anything to make sure I was eating MORE protein. I was denying the fact that I was overeating just to get more protein.

And It Showed Around My Waistline.

This is how protein guilt can sabotage your weight loss efforts, namely justifying overeating just to get more protein in your diet.

To this day I still struggle with protein guilt (I use it to justify my chocolate milk cravings) but now at least I can eat an apple without forcing myself to have some milk or chicken to bring up the protein content of that meal. Doesn’t this sound crazy?

I’m getting better for sure, but I still feel twinges of protein guilt almost every time I eat. If you’re anything like me you know exactly what I am talking about.

How Much Protein?

So if you want to find out how much protein you really need to build and maintain lean muscle and your fat burning metabolism, and if you want to know the TRUTH about protein supplements, post workout protein, and protein guilt, then you need to check out Brad Pilon’s book “HOW MUCH PROTEIN”

7 Foods You Can Eat to Lose Weight

The food industry is constantly creating new ‘functional foods’ that will help you lose weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and help you keep your blood sugar and insulin levels in check and so on and so on. When did eating become so complicated, and since when could food do all of these magical things?

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Foods designed to help you lose weight are a multi billion dollar industry. And think of how ironic of an industry that is, how could you possibly eat something to lose weight? That doesn’t make any sense at all. The act of eating always adds mass to your body, it couldn’t possibly take it away.

So What Is The Bottom Line

The only way you can lose weight ever, is to eat less calories than you burn off. Bottom line, there is no arguing this. This rule existed 1000 years ago, and will exist a 1000 years from now. There is no possible way you could gain weight if you ate less calories than you burned off.

No matter how easy you seem to put on weight, and how little food you think you eat, there is always a lesser amount that will cause you to lose weight.

The actual matter that makes up your fat cells has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is your diet. If you eat more food that you burn off then you will store fat and gain weight. If you eat less food than you burn off you will lose fat and lose weight. That’s it.

Finally, The List of 7 Foods

So the list of 7 foods you can eat to lose weight consists of any foods you would like to see on that list!

You could lose weight eating cheesecake everyday. As long as you ate less total calories that day than you burned off.

The only weight loss diets that have ever worked or proven to have any effect always make people eat less total calories. That’s it. Carbs, fat, protein and sugar don’t make any difference, as long as you eat less. If anyone tells you otherwise they just haven’t done their research. And I encourage you to challenge anyone who thinks that any ‘special’ food can actually help you lose weight. It’s baloney, eating less is the only way.

Think Twice About The Next Big Diet Plan On TV

Think of it this way. If any of the popular diets like low carb, low fat, high protein actually worked, would you or anyone else still be looking for another way to lose weight?

I know of only one way to effectively eat less and still be able to eat the foods you like. At Eat Stop Eat I found the only nutrition program that makes any sense at all.

Author Brad Pilon basically threw me the biggest curveball ever with this new nutrition program and it makes the most sense out of anything I have ever read. There is no reason to stress over food any longer, there really is a way to lose weight and eat what you like.

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adam e1288068312516 91x300 Info about my site...My name is Adam Johnson. I have been researching, reviewing, and experimenting with fat loss and muscle building programs since 2003. For many years I have been asked “what is the secret” to how I stay lean from both family and friends. Instead of trying to explain what I do and why, I created this site to help both men and women to achieve the lean “Hollywood Look.” Although…. I could care less about what the stars of Hollywood are doing and I don’t ever recommend trying to model their lifestyle, I believe we can learn a lot on how to achieve the same look as they do when they train for upcoming movie roles.

Ripped and Functional…NOT Bulky!

This site is specifically designed and focused on methods to achieve a slim, athletic, and more functionally fit body than the massive “bulky look.”  If for whatever reason you are into that look then this site is not for you. There is a huge group of people that would much rather have the lean Hollywood look than a massive bodybuilder. I’m not a “hater” of huge bodybuilders, you just won’t find information here to give you that look.  Of course there is a vast majority of other  sites, magazines, and forums out there that will steer you in that direction…..just not here. 


Removing the Guesswork!

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So why listen to me??  I wish I never have to make this statement, but…..“I know for a fact that you are getting really bad fitness advice!” It is painful to see and know that beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt, that much of what is being taught is wrong or at least contributes to a very slow and painstaking route to reaching your goals. I have been working out 3-5 days a week for the past 10 years under the authority of both high school and college lifting coaches with completely different approaches. After training under these strict guidelines I have been able to filter out the bad advice and learned to draw out the “golden” information.  This comes from other great experts as well as my own experiences to develop an approach that flat out works. No more theory or guesswork involved!!!


An Extremely Effective Fitness Approach
I do follow a unique approach to getting lean that works and makes sense!  Boy, who would have thought??

  • • Eating 6-8 times per day is sabotaging a lot of people’s fat loss goals. Why you don’t necessarily need to eat every few hours to keep your metabolism high. How short term fasts will force your body to burn body fat, despite whatever everyone says about it.
  •  Why lifting light weights won’t “tone” the muscles. Lifting for strength without gaining excess muscle is the quickest route to permanent muscle tone.
  •  Slow cardio is boring and a waste of time, but strategic cardio will get you ultra-lean. I don’t believe that Squats and Dead Lifts are the “king of exercises” and I know I will get an earful from a “select” group of people visiting this site. Why I believe most people will have a better physique by completely skipping leg lifting workouts. Tough cardio builds sexier glutes and legs than lifting.
  •  I was very skeptical at first when I started P90X, but I am now a true believe in bodyweight exercises. After a year of this style of working out…. Yes, you can get ripped off of both body weight exercises and circuits.
  • How to get strategic muscle gains for a visually stunning body. Why I believe gaining XX lbs “wherever it winds up” is NOT the route to an attractive body!
  • Women should not train the same as a man! Enough said…I believe woman should be fit with just a hint of definition. I want you to look like a lady. Not a smaller looking man. This is why I highly recommend Visual Impact For Women

I “Practice What I Preach”
I am not “that guy” who spends countless hours taking pictures of himself flexing and posing in front of the mirror like a true dork. On the other hand, I do stay in very good shape all year round because I will never allow myself to be the “guy” who gives out advice but stays behind the curtain looking like a slob and not taking care of himself.

This Site Is Dedicated To The Fitness Experts
There are dozens of other Fitness Experts that I draw my information from and can give valuable research to expand on the presented posts and comments. I have been able to learn even more from the comments in many posts from other websites so I encourage other people with websites to interact and answer questions in the comment section. I also encourage visitors to leave comments on my site whenever possible. Your thoughts and reflections are very valuable to me. I truly hope people can use my site and draw upon this valuable information and get in the best shape of their lives. My life is dedicated to providing this information for you! As this site evolves I will try and provide more and more free downloads to further your fat loss and muscle building goals.

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