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Tackling the psychology of food

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If you continue struggle with your weight, instead of blaming your mouth, your mind might be to blame. Often social, cultural and sometimes emotional meanings are attached to what we eat. Most people are unaware of those ties to food until they try to make changes in their diets.

A weight loss psychologist says one of the keys to success is understanding when you're eating for emotional reasons.

"Really recognizing, am I truly physically hungry or is this more of head hunger? Am I craving something and eating for the wrong reasons? And then when I recognize that I'm wanting to eat because there's something else going on, being able to say, 'Okay, what can I do instead? How do I engage in stress reduction, relaxation, exercise, journal, whatever it is that might address what's driving that craving for food," says Dr. Tracy Juliano, a Beaumont psychologist.

TIPS TO TACKLE THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FOOD

- Only eat when you're hungry
- Stop mindless eating, savor every bite and don't eat while doing any other activities
- Be very aware of portions

Dr. Juliano says get help with portion control, like the suggestion she had for a 10-year-old Dorito loving boy.

"I said, 'I'm not going to tell you can't have your Doritos, but what about if mom buys snack bags and you have a snack bag of Doritos after school instead of mindlessly putting your hand in the bag over and over again.' He did that and immediately started losing weight. And so he didn't lose his favorite snack, he was still able to have it and he didn't have to stop and think at 10 years old about controlling his own portions," says Juliano.

The goal is not to feel deprived. So, if you want to enjoy yourself on Super Bowl Sunday be aware of how much you're eating and limit yourself before and after the big game day party.

Have a strategy, that way you still feel in control.

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