Emotional eating, can be challenging to break, but here are 3 tips to help you break the cycle. In this blog, Dr Katrina Ubell, author of “How to Lose Weight For the Last Time” talks about how to escape the cycle of, emotional eating. Emotional eating, is a habit that can be hard to break, but with the right strategies, you can conquer it.
To break the cycle of, emotional eating, you first have to recognize when you’re eating for emotional reasons. Once you’ve identified your triggers, you need to find strategies to stop yourself from eating. In this post, we’re going to share with you three simple tips that can help you overcome, emotional eating, and start feeling healthier and happier!
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Stop emotional eating and lose weight one last time
Dr Katrina Ubell’s book “How to Lose Weight for the Last Time” offers brain-based solutions for dropping pounds and keeping them off without suffering or sacrifice. As a pediatrician Dr Katrina Ubell MD always struggled with her weight she was either 40 pounds overweight or struggling to use lose that weight although she’d regularly counseled parents on the importance of keeping their kids healthy and fostering good eating habits.
Dr Ubell as a busy professional was never able to do the same for herself. Like everyone else she tried many different diets and programs, but would always regain that weight. In 2015 Dr Ubell cracked the code for making, weight loss permanent, and developed the program targeted at busy professionals like herself who often deprioritized their own wellness. As a, weight loss coach, Dr Ubell has signed and helped over a thousand busy Physicians and professionals find and stay at a healthy weight with her brain based program and she’s now ready to bring this program to the general public like you.
Dr Ubell’s program doesn’t involve any unrealistic diets plans, special Foods supplements or even rigorous exercise protocols; instead she uses a deep understanding of the brain and behavior patterns to get results. Through her work she’s been able to uncover and speak into Universal obstacles that stand in her way of losing and keeping the weight off.
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What is emotional eating
I struggled with my weight for so long, when I was younger I can identify that I definitely did some, emotional eating, which I define as just eating food when you’re not physically hungry. Your body is not asking for food, yet you’re eating anyway. I mean I might have fluctuated a little bit, but I was relatively active as a kid.
But it was never really too big of a problem, it was when I went to medical school that things really started to become a problem for me. There just was no time for anything but studying working in the hospital, and hospital food that’s not particularly nutritious. I mean there was even a Wendy’s fast food restaurant in our Hospital. So I started struggling in medical school so I went to Weight Watchers for the first time.
I’m a high achiever you give me a list of rules and I’m like I can do this. I will suffer follow it. I will totally sit here starving. That’s when I started drinking diet soda, because I think the bubbles and the carbonation filled me up. Some of the stuff that I would do all in the effort to get the weight off, but then what I found was that I got the weight off but I knew I couldn’t keep it off.
I really didn’t have any kind of meaningful plan for maintaining at all and so of course, I regained the weight back and then I repeated that cycle I mean literally at least 10 times over the course of my training in residency and then out in practice.
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Myrna: I was about to turn 40 old when my battle with, weight loss, began. I you know a lot of people around those Milestone birthdays we start to just kind of reevaluate everything and one of the things I was was thinking about was my body my weight.
Dr Ubell: I was just trying a bunch of different things and through a very circuitous path, I tried more things that didn’t work, but through that path I was introduced to the concept of, emotional eating, before then people would talk a lot about, compulsive eating, and that term did not resonate with me. When I found out that, emotional eating, is eating for any reason other than fuel for your body, I was like oh yeah no sign me up.
I would overeat when I didn’t know any of other way to deal with my emotions and you know have a busy life. I have three kids, I have a husband who is a surgeon, so he’s got a busy as well. As a doctor there’s a lot of ups and downs and I had no other tools, no other skills so of course I would use food to cope. Some people use alcohol, but for me it was food.
Myrna: That was a great intro on, emotionally eating. Right now I am doing intermittent fasting and I’m supposed to eat my dinner between six and seven and I’m not supposed to eat again for the night, and it’s incredibly hard not to eat. My brain is is telling me that I need to go eat something and I’m not hungry. I might get hungry 10 30 or 11 o’clock when I go to bed, but at 8 o’clock I’m not hungry, but I want to eat. How are you teaching in the book and your clients how to stop that desire to eat when they are not hungry?
Emotional Eating when you are not hungry leads to weight gain
Dr Ubell: I am so glad you brought it up because so many people struggle with this. Nighttime eating for people is so hard. So the first thing we want to do though is, we want to zoom out and look at the big picture a little bit and for everybody it’s going to be a little bit different but there’s often some common themes.
For a lot of us, this is just habit. It’s just what we do and so our brains are like hey it’s eight o’clock it’s time for a snack. Some eat for comfort in the evening. A lot of people struggle with, nighttime eating, which is why, intermittent fasting, is blowing up.
Myrna: You said that when you were in medical school you had no time to eat right and you found out that you were not alone, that all Doctors ate bad because they had to time to eat healthy. But a lot of women and mothers have a busy life, they get up in the morning they got kids, they go to work, they come home, they gotta do dinner, sometimes it is much earlier to stop and pick up fast foods.
Dr Ubell: I think the thing that we have to recognize is that a lot of busy women in particular think about things in the extreme swings of the pendulum. Either they need to be cooking this home-cooked meal with all these fresh vegetables bowls that takes a long time and is pretty involved with lots of ingredients. Nobody got time for that right, we’re not doing that. So then I guess we’re just eating burgers at Wendy’s.
How to Lose Weight For the last time
But the biggest thing that we have to recognize when we’re very busy, our time is accounted for is simplifying what we expect of ourselves and what we eat those are amazing tools. You could order HelloFresh at a 50% discount. Much cheaper that delivery. Or cook something simple.
Myrna: Tell us about your book “How To Lose Weight For the Last Time” I understand the main message of the book is, emotional eating, and the conversation you have in your mind about the food, but what is the predominant message that you want to put out?
Dr UBell: The main message of the book is that if you’ve struggled with overeating/your weight and you’re feeling like your relationship with food is not where you want it to be, there’s a solution. What I talk about is what I call Peace and Freedom around food. I described before which is you are just around all the foods it’s Thanksgiving and all your favorite foods are there and you’re gonna enjoy the heck out of them, but you’re not gonna overeat them. You’re not obsessed, you’re not sitting there asking when’s the time for pie, because I can’t think of anything else. I can’t even hold this conversation because all I’m thinking about is pie!
What we’re doing is we’re using our brains to re-regulate that so that we listen to the call of hunger, answer to the satiety signals when we’ve had enough. We have an appropriate amount of desire for food, meaning when we start getting hungry we want to eat that makes sense, but not in the middle of the day all the time. So that’s really the message in the book is that you have way more control over this than you think. You’re not broken, it’s not hopeless and you can’t fix.
Myrna: So where can they get a copy of your book? Tell us about your website and social media handles.
Dr Ubell: So the book is available anywhere books are sold. It’s also available on audible. My website is www.KatrinaUbellMd.com and my podcast even though it’s called “Weight Loss for Busy Physicians” I have a lot of non-physician listeners, people have gotten a lot of help out of it. On my website there’s several free resources that people can download and get started. If you buy the book and then put in your order number on our special website which is KatrinaUbell.com/book you’ll get a whole Workshop that I did called guarantee your weight loss success.
This is a lot about getting yourself ready to start the process so that you can really follow through and make sure that you get the results that you want. So no matter how you buy it, you can go to that website and go get those free resources. My social media handles are coachKatrinaUbellMD mostly on Facebook Instagram.