Emotional eating can ruin your life with dozens of extra pounds. Emotional Overeating can affect your self worth causing you to contribute to low self esteem, constantly sell yourself short, and miss out on a social life.

The good news is that when you know how to deal with emotions effectively, emotional overeating can be eliminated and those extra pounds gone bye-bye.

However, to do so, it's important to know that there are three kinds of over eating. First there is habitual eating, the second is emotional eating, and the third is self defeative eating.

How the process works. We first begin by assuming the tempatation to overeat is habitual. Eating out of habit is being at a certain place at a certain time--like stopping at the deli every morning. The best way of handling habitual eating is awareness. For instance, a basic thinking technique wherein you ask yourself if you really want to stop.." You either say "Yes, I want to stop, " or, "No, let's skip it."

If the answer is "No," you pass by and it was habitual eating that you eliminated. A "yes" answer means that you stopped for the take out place and that it is emotional eating with which you are dealing.

Handling emotional eating is to acknowledge the predominate emotion of the moment when you had the thought of eating. You isolate that emotion and choose to feel it instead of diluting it with food.

Because emotions themselves are stressful for most emotionsl over eaters, it's important to learn more about them before expecting success.

Master the art of emotions and you will leave food in the take out place.

However if after applying your emotional skills you still eat, then you're dealing with self destructive eating. What is self destructive eating? It's a fear of being thin in that you might not meet your expectations on you. In other words, the excess pounds becomes an excuse for not achieving skills, success, friends...

To overcome self defeative eating it's important to focus on overcoming your fears of the future. Read self help books, listen to self improvement cds, take adult education classes, build your self esteem and self confidence... Not that these are not good things to do anyway, but particularly so if you're a self defeative eater.

A progressive approach to managing weight involves asking important questions "What is missing? Why are you not getting the results you've been promised from experts you've consulted and the books, you've been reading?" It is clearly insane to keep dieting when the results are so poor. It's more important to gain a grasp on how to handle emotional eating--eating emotional stress than it is to read the scale. Obviously focusing on the scale doesn't empower you to be a better more enlightened person, whereas learning how to overcome emotional eating empowers you in all aspects of your life. If you're a sales person, you'll be a better sales person. If you're an assembly line worker, you'll be a better assembly line worker; a mother, a better mother... Overall, you'll build self worth and find that what you really want to eat is far more nutritious and less in quantity than you ever before imagined possible.

Author's Bio: 

Richard Kuhns B.S.Ch.E., NGH certified, a prominent figure in the field of hypnosis with his best selling hypnosis and stress management cds at http://www.PanicBusters.com and http://www.DStressDoc.com He aims to raise awareness in using hypnosis for self curing emotional eating. To learn more about emotional eating please go to http://www.dstressdoc.com/BingeEatingEbook.htm