You don’t need to travel to the Duke Diet center to take advantage of the program. Everydayhealth.com asked the center’s experts to share their top tips for achieving weight loss success — from scheduling meals to getting a grip on emotional eating.
Here’s a tip:
Get a Grip on Emotional Eating
To help halt emotional eating, says Sofia Rydin-Gray, Ph.D., assistant director of behavioral health and lifestyle coaching at Duke, first suss out why you’re reaching for that pint of ice cream in the first place. She suggests asking yourself the following questions before eating.
Am I hungry?
How am I feeling?
What do I really need?
What can I do instead?
“Some clients add questions, such as, ‘How long will have to exercise if I eat this?’ Or, ‘How many calories will I have burn?’” says Rydin-Gray. “One client put a note on the fridge that says: ‘What you’re looking for isn’t in here.’”