Emotional eating is one of the most important issues to overcome if you want to lose weight and keep it off.

This article will give you a 4-step strategy to help you look at emotional eating differently and start addressing the root issues.

(Step 1) ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ž & ๐๐š๐ฆ๐ž โฃโฃ

As soon as you catch yourself eating for reasons besides hunger, say out loud, “I’m feeling really ______ about _____ so I’m going to eat this ______ to make myself feel better. Even though I know I’m actually going to feel worse afterward.”โฃโฃ
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Bringing awareness to what’s happening and calling it out can help you stop it in its tracks.โฃโฃย 

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(Step 2) ๐“๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐โฃโฃ

What would you tell your daughter or best friend if she were the one going through this right now? โฃโฃ
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You wouldn’t pile on and make her feel like sh*t. โฃโฃ
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The things you’re saying to yourself should be just as kind and understanding as what you would say to someone (else) you love.โฃโฃ
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If that’s hard for you, pretend you’re ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ talking to a loved one to help you script your inner monologue.โฃโฃ

(Step 3) ๐’๐ž๐ž ๐—ช๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐‚๐š๐ง ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐งโฃโฃ

There is no failure, only feedback. โฃโฃ
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What can lessons can you take away from this instance to help you manage your emotions better in the future?โฃโฃ
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Put together a list of ideas that you can refer to to help you confront your emotions head on, rather than trying to cope with food.โฃโฃ

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(Step 4) ๐—ช๐ข๐ฉ๐ž ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐‚๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐งโฃโฃ

Nothing good is going to come of dwelling on the sleeve of cookies you just ate. โฃโฃ
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You’re always only one decision away from being back to a place where you feel proud of your choices. โฃโฃ
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