Find out what to do instead of eating
"Food never solves the problem that put you first," says Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW, director of Beck Diet Programs, a weight loss CBT approach in the Philadelphia area. But it can create new ones: "And now you have the problem of sabotaging your weight loss," she says.
But you can fight stress eating by deciding what to do instead. Sometimes, when you're stressed, you need to get energy out. Another time you eat because you need distraction.
Either way, Busis says, you have to make some lists instead of what you will do. If you need to consume energy, get up and walk around. "I knew someone who made a board every time stress increased," she says, "and they've been trying to keep it up for four minutes." , your pet or your children. Think in advance what you want to do to avoid picking up fries or sweets while figuring out what else you could do.