Do you sometimes come home from a hard day at work and head straight for the ice cream? Have you ever been bored and found yourself snacking on potato chips without even thinking about it until the bag was empty? When those reasons involve stress, sadness, boredom, conflicts or fatigue, it's called emotional eating.
Emotional eating can wreck a healthy diet or a weight-loss plan. Your emotions can become so tied to your eating habits that, without even thinking about it, you may reach for a sweet treat when you're sad, angry or stressed. Or, you may use food to take your mind off a problem.
The good news is that you can take control of emotional eating. And here are seven tips that can help.
If these tips don't give you the help you need, talk to your doctor about counseling or other options to help you deal with emotional issues. It may help you understand the reasons behind your emotional eating and offer you new skills to deal with it.
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