How can I avoid emotional eating if I have diabetes?
People with diabetes often face weight gain and obesity; overeating due to bad habits or emotional stress is common. Watch endocrinologist Reza Yavari, MD, discuss the dangers of emotional eating and provide tips for being more mindful around food.
People with diabetes often face weight gain and obesity.
To lose the weight and better manage diabetes, one has to understand where the calories come from.
Often, the calories come simply from overeating, and the overeating can be related to bad habits,
such as eating really fast or eating in a rush, or it can be related to psychological factors
such as impulsive eating. And both those conditions, overeating due to emotions
or due to bad habits, can be identified and taken care of through mindfulness practices.
Always relax before you eat. Always use utensils and take your time. Don't eat while you're doing other activities,
such as watching TV or walking. Be mindful of the quantity of food you eat, and finally,
identify the difference between being hungry and being stressed or emotionally distressed.
Do not eat because you are emotionally distressed. It will just add to weight gain and worse
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