Weight-loss Interventions Aid Weight Loss: Study

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό Written by Abdur Rahman Choudhury, M.Sc.
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Key Finding: A new study indicates that weight-loss interventions don’t just help you lose weight, but also help you deal with emotional eating. πŸ€”

Did you know that emotional eating can sabotage your weight-loss efforts? 😱 Yes, and that’s what a recent systematic review with meta-analysis and meta-regression found out. πŸ’‘ The study, published in the European Eating Disorders Review, evaluated the effectiveness of different weight-loss interventions on emotional eating among adults with high body mass index (BMI). πŸ‘‡

The researchers analyzed 🧐 31 randomized controlled trials with a total of 1203 participants. They found that interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy 🧠, mindfulness-based interventions 🀯, and diet πŸ₯— and exercise πŸ‹ counseling improved emotional eating and weight loss along a year-long trajectory. However, the effects were small to medium and varied depending on the type of intervention, control condition, and follow-up period. πŸ€™

Emotional eating πŸ₯Ί is a behavior that involves eating in response to negative emotions 😭, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness, and loneliness. It can lead to overeating, especially high-calorie πŸ” and sweet foods 🍦. This can disrupt your weight-loss goals and cause guilt, shame, and more negative emotions. 😧

The study suggests that if you’re prone to emotional eating, you can take steps to regain control of your eating habits and get back on track with your weight-loss goals. Some of the steps include: πŸ‘‡

  • Keeping a food diary to track what, when, how much, and why you eat.
  • Taming your stress with relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.
  • Having a hunger reality check to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger.
  • Getting support from friends, family, or professionals who can help you cope with your emotions in healthy ways.
  • Distracting yourself from food cravings with activities that make you happy or calm.

As a weight loss coach πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό, I think this study is very important and helpful for anyone who struggles with emotional eating πŸ₯Ί. I believe that emotional eating is not a sign of weakness or failure πŸ€—, but a coping mechanism that can be changed with awareness πŸ“’ and practice πŸ”„. I also think that weight loss is not only about calories and exercise, but also about mental and emotional well-being. πŸ™Œ

So, what do you think? πŸ€” Have you ever struggled with emotional eating? If so, would you consider weight-loss interventions to help you with it? And if you’ve already tried one, did it work for you? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! Let’s get a conversation going! πŸ’¬πŸ‘‡

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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Chowdhury is a weight loss coach with 3+ years of experience. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from The Burdwan University, India. He also completed the "Lose Weight and Keep It Off" certificate course from Harvard Medical School, US. Abdur believes in the power of home-cooked meals and weight training to stay healthy and fit.

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