How to Stop Overeating to Lose Weight

As a certified weight-loss coach, every January clients ask how to drop holiday weight gain. Overeating has a lot in common with overdrinking. When we overeat, we’re often using food to make ourselves feel better. So this month, I’m laying out my best weight-loss advice.

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Snacking & Weight Loss

My number two tip in order to lose weight is stop snacking. There are two physiologic reasons. Our bodies learn to release hunger hormones on a schedule. So you want to eat after dinner because you’ve taught your body to expect food then. Become a watcher of your urge to eat just as you do when you learn to stop overdrinking.

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The One Scale You Must Use

Imagine a scale -10 to +10 for rating hunger. Starving is -10, stuffed +10. Where are you on the scale when you begin and stop eating? A lot of us eat because it’s meal time. Because we’re at a restaurant. Because it’s a holiday. Because it looks good.

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Julie Ernst
Gain Control by Taking Responsibility for Your Emotions

If you were raised like me, “white lies” were okay to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. When my sister and I were little, we had to apologize for words that stung. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be gentle but the idea that others are responsible for your feelings is wrong. And creates a lot of suffering.

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How to Eat Better and Save Time While Drinking Less

Eating healthy is caring for yourself. When I cut back drinking, I realized my eating habits weren’t so great. I told myself I didn’t have time to prepare healthy meals. Since then I’ve helped lots of busy clients eat better (and lose weight) while drinking less AND save time doing it.

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Can (and Should) Alcoholics Learn to Drink Moderately?

An attorney recently told me moderate drinking is not an option for him. As an alcoholic, he worries if he opened the fridge and saw a bottle of wine, he might drink the entire bottle immediately standing at the fridge. There’s a belief that if you’re an alcoholic, abstinence is the only remedy.

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How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

I eat when I’m anxious. Stress is one of the main reasons my overweight lawyer clients tell me they overeat. As a certified weight loss coach, I define overeating as eating for any reason other than to fuel your body. I often went to the kitchen to see what sugary/floury treats

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