Are You An Unconscious/Emotional Eater? Take The Test

Many people are guilty of eating in response to emotions, in response to the environment or just eating out of habit. These unconscious-eating habits can result in eating excess calories and fat.

 

It is very important for you to develop conscious eating habits to aid in your weight loss efforts. Unconscious eating habits include munching on snacks through an entire television show, or binging on junk food when you become stressed or upset.

 

There are several steps to learn to become a conscious eater and the first one is learning to distinguish between hunger and a craving. Is your stomach growling or are you just craving something. Ask yourself why you are eating. Is it because you are hungry or is it triggered by an emotion?

 

If you find yourself craving, try to take your mind off of the food by doing something else.

 

After determining your reason for eating, it’s time to think about what to eat. What foods fit into your Thin&Healthy’s Total Solution program?

 

Also it is very important to enjoy your food. Take the time to really taste the food, and that way you won’t be apt to eat more because you don’t  feel full yet.

If you’d like help overcoming the obstacles (including emotional eating) that have prevented you from losing weight, we’re here to help.
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SELF-TEST for EMOTIONAL EATING

For each item, record the scale number that best reflects your current lifestyle.

0 = Never, 1 = Rarely2 = Sometimes3 = Often,  4 = Almost Always

1. I try, but fail, to lose weight and keep it off. _____________
2. I feel out of control of my eating. _____________________
3. I eat when I am not hungry. _________________________
4. I turn to food when stressed or upset. _________________
5. I use food as a source of pleasure or reward. ___________
6. I think a lot about food. ____________________________
7. I can’t seem to stay on track with weight management. ___
8. I binge eat or graze eat. ___________________________
9. I feel ashamed of my eating and myself. _______________
10. Food helps me deal with feelings. ___________________
TOTAL SCORE: ___________________________________ Interpretation:
0-10 No or little emotional eating: Your weight management efforts should be relatively uncomplicated by emotional issues. 11-20 Mild emotional eating: You may experience difficulty achieving weight management goals due to emotional obstacles. 21-30 Moderate emotional eating: You will probably encounter emotional obstacles to healthy weight management and should consider being coached. 31-40 Severe emotional eating: Significant obstacles exist to healthy weight management, and coaching is strongly recommended. Reprinted with permission from Jeffery R. Wilbert, PhD & Associates author of the book Fattitudes: Beat Self-Defeat and Win Your War with Weight