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While two-thirds of Americans identified diet and exercise as the two biggest hurdles to overcome when losing weight, according to a survey commissioned by Orlando Health, in reality, it's the EMOTIONAL side to eating that holds the secret to slimming. .
To shed pounds, it may be just as important to understand WHY you're putting something in your mouth as it is to focus on WHAT that something is, notes Diane Robinson, PhD, a neuropsychologist and director of Integrative Medicine at Orlando Health. After all, eating releases dopamine, the feel-good brain chemical that helps us associate food with pleasure and comfort. So it's no wonder many of us eat when we're stressed, or bored, or anxious. Food is our drug, so to speak.
If your plans for 2016 include losing weight, start by divorcing food from any feelings, negative or positive, and seeing it as nourishment only. Before you reach for a snack, ask yourself, "Am I eating this because I'm hungry?" If the answer is no, then do something else instead, like texting a friend or painting your nails.
Guaranteed it'll help you shed pounds--and keep them off.