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Sadly, emotional overeating is the reason that 95% of our diets fail.
You might already know you're an emotional eater. Or you might not be sure and you may need a little bit more information to decide.
The first step is to find out if you are emotionally hungry.
Below are the 12 types of emotional hunger that trigger Emotional Eating. As you read through the list, ask yourself how many of these apply to you and your life.
If you use food in any of the ways listed below, you'll know that Emotional Eating is the real reason you struggle with your weight.
Type 1. Food: My Adult Pacifier
If you get really hungry when you feel angry, depressed, anxious, bored or lonely, you use food to dull the pain that these emotions cause.
Type 2. I Stick Up For Myself by Stuffing Myself Up
If you react by getting hungry when others talk down to you, take advantage of you, belittle you, or take you for granted, you eat to avoid confrontation.
Type 3. Food: My One Faithful Friend
If you crave food when you have tension in your close relationships, you eat to avoid feeling the pain of rejection or anger.
Type 4. When I'm Chewing I Can't Hear My Inner Critic
If you tend to become hypercritical of yourself, if you label yourself "stupid," "lazy," or "a loser," you eat to stuff down self-hatred.
Type 5. I Don't Have Love but I Have Food
If your hunger gets activated because your intimate relationships don't satisfy some basic need like trust or security, you use food to try to fill the gap.
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