Originally posted on https://www.notsalmon.com/2015/05/22/ways-to-lose-weight/
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I used to be a stress eater.
Thankfully, I did some research as to why. I interviewed our world’s top experts on emotional eating and addictions – and read through piles of studies.
Afterwards, I lost 20 pounds in about 3 months.
Plus I have kept the weight off for over 7 years and counting. (I share my full recovery story here!)
How did I finally stop emotional eating?
I recognized that I needed to stop focusing on what I was eating – and re-focus on why!
I was over-eating as a way to punish myself – for the anger and resentment I was feeling – both at myself and at others.
As it turns out, there’s been a lot of research which supports how anger is at the root of many addictions.
- food addiction
- drug addiction
- alcohol addiction
- shopping addiction
Addicts seek these vices to avoid feeling the pain of resentment.
Their anger becomes a boomerang – or what I call a “boomeranger” – because unwanted negative emotions come back to whack people with an addiction.
The University of Wisconsin did a recent research study, comparing “Forgiveness Therapy” versus routine “Traditional Drug/Alcohol Therapy.” They showed “Forgiveness Therapy” helped to relieve the anger behind substance abuse – even more successfully than routine drug/alcohol therapy.
Plus, not only did subjects display faster success. They created less recidivism.
The addicts didn’t return to their addictions! They stayed addiction-free!
After I read this study (and further research) I decided to go on “A Hate Loss Plan” as part of my “Weight Loss Plan.”
I realized that whenever I was pigging out on a big bag of Cheese Doodles, I was really pigging out on a bag of “I Hate Me Doodles.” Or a bag of “I Hate That This Challenge/Adversity/Rejection Has Happened To Me Doodles.“
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I recognized that I needed to re-train my brain to stop eating like I wanted to punish myself – or punish someone else.
I needed to re-learn how to eat like I loved myself – and want to nourish and support myself.
As soon as I developed healthier ways to deal with my anger, regret, resentment, worry – sure enough I released the pull I felt towards food.
Presently it’s now instinctual for me to choose to eat like I love myself – instead of eating like I wanted to punish myself.
Plus I’ve not only lost weight, I’ve lost the anger and anxiety I was feeling. I feel happier and calmer within.
Can you relate to any of this?
Even if you’re not over-eating specifically as “punishment,” chances are you’re doing it to avoid being fully present with yourself – and unwanted feelings.
You might think you’re over-eating for fun entertainment. Or as an attempt to comfort yourself. But there are far healthier ways to have fun and get comforted.
Chances are you’re using over-eating as a way to escape yourself.
Binge eating is an attempt not to feel or think about what you really need to feel and face.
You’re in “fight and flight mode.” Or what I jokingly call “flight and bite.”
Basically, over-eating is about avoiding having a needed loving conversation with yourself. You overeat to lose yourself in food – in an effort to distract yourself from your truest feelings and thoughts.
If you want to live your happiest life – true to who you are and what you need – then you have to stop pigging out and start listening up!
This is why I developed my video course “Stop Emotional Eating” – a life-changing online home course – you can do at your own pace.
You’ll not only lose weight.
- lots of positive energy