Making Food Less Important in Your Life

From - February 9, 2018

Making Food Less Important in Your Life

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 -- Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food?

It's even harder to minimize the role of food in your life if you are using tasty treats to manage emotions, according to a Finnish study published in the journal Eating Behaviors.

People who lose weight and keep it off make lifestyle changes despite all the temptations around them. The key is practicing a technique called cognitive restraint. Think of it as mind over matter -- being mindful of limiting calories and avoiding distractions like watching TV during meals.

Successful dieters are also flexible in their approach so that they do not always feel deprived. Make good choices, but avoid severe restrictions that can lead to over-indulging.

Emotional eating -- eating when you are unhappy or stressed -- is the biggest stumbling block to weight control. So try other ways to manage your emotions, like taking a walk or a soothing soak or steamy shower. Remind yourself that a piece of cake might taste good as you eat it, but it ca not make the issues that are upsetting you go away. Try sitting down with pen and paper to plot out a plan that will directly address and resolve them.

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