Eating regulates emotions and emotions regulate eating. This reciprocal relationship is what all women who intend to lose unwanted weight will have to squarely face.
There are lots of emotions, and in one way or another, they all can have an impact on appetite and amount of food consumed. But people are different. Not everyone is affected the same way. As a result of their emotions, some people overeat while others under-eat. And people who overeat to deal with certain emotions do not overeat to deal with all their emotions.
When you set about to change your pattern of eating like you do when you are going on a diet, you automatically bring about a test for yourself of this reciprocal relationship between eating regulates emotion and emotion regulates eating. This is a test you have to pass if you want to lose weight successfully.
It helps to identify what the emotional pitfalls will be for you. In other words, study for the test. But don’t cram. Space out your studying over time. Give yourself lots of practice and practice tests before you take the real one. When the real test comes, you’ll be ready.
This is a very different view of a dieting plan. It explicitly states that you have to deal with those emotions that might make your objective difficult to achieve. But every woman already knows this, and has probably said this to herself a thousand times before, during, and after the weight-loss process. The goal of this blog post is to put this point in print in order to give support to what you already know you have to grapple with.