When I recently asked members of my Weight Loss for Foodies group what they considered their biggest challenge to permanently losing weight, most of them said that they ate for comfort. 

Think about the term “comfort eating.” It really is a misnomer. 

We all know what it means. You may have visions of bowls of gooey mac and cheese or pizza, or a pile of french fries or a dish of warm apple pie with ice cream. Mashed potatoes. Spaghetti and meatballs. A bowl of chicken soup with matzoh balls.

We love foods that we think of as comfort foods. 

But when does comfort food actually make us uncomfortable? 

I’m talking about eating for comfort when you aren’t hungry. Eating comfort food when you are hungry is fine. 

Think about how eating to comfort yourself backfires. You’re in pain, and food is your painkiller. Maybe it’s been your painkiller for most of your life. But look at how by taking away one discomfort, you’re creating a lot more discomfort. 

Listen to learn the array of problems that comfort eating causes to create more discomfort for you and what you can do instead.


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About the Author Shari Broder

I'm passionate about helping foodies ditch dieting and lose the weight for good. Discover what is really causing your weight issues (it isn't that you love food!), and learn how to stop obsessing about food and make peace with food and eating. I love teaching women how to get off the diet hamster wheel and learn to eat consciously, stop emotional eating and enjoy the foods they love while permanently losing their desire to overeat.

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