Meditalk: Wants to control overeating

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Fritz,

GOOD day to you! I have been following your column in Sunstar for quite some time now. But, I decided to write you to ask for some pieces of advice regarding my binge-eating. I really have a hard time controlling the amount of food I am eating, especially when some really good food is offered before me.

I really wanted to lose some weight. The problem is my stomach is much stronger than my brain...huhui, Is there a way to control overeating? Please help me, doc. Thanks and more power.


Ling ling, the King

Dear Ling ling, the king,

I understand how you feel. The appetite is not an easy thing to take the reins. You've got to have the discipline and the will to fight this - so, you will win over your battle to lose weight. Moreover it's hard to resist some really delicious favorite food right in front of you.

Let's start with some long-term strategies.

1. You should follow a regular meal plan.
Don't skip some meals in an attempt to lose weight. I know you're trying to shed some pounds. But, the problem is when you're dieting, this will make you feel hungry and will make you overeat.

2. Give more importance on your health, not weight.
If you really want to lose weight, you should focus more on your health than losing weight. So, when you sweat out, keep in mind that you're doing this for your health rather than for some losing weight plans so, you could leave the overeating cycle.

3. Know your triggers.
Get to know what feelings, moods and relationship issues that drive you to overeat. You can talk with a therapist so, you can work it out to identify your triggers. And when you do, the next time you feel those hunger pangs, you can talk it out with yourself from being "I'm hungry" to "Nobody listens to me" or whatever the situation is. Then, you can now get to the solutions that might fit your problem.

4. Shy away from temptation.
Don't make chocolates, cakes or any of your favorite foods within your reach. Be sure, you don't keep them on your fridge.

5. Food is not the only way to feel good.
Mouth is such a pleasure zone and this is the reason why people would feel good when they put something on it at the times they're depressed.

But, there are a lot of ways to feel good that is not related to food. Look for hobbies or interests that would make you do more like dancing, or fencing or some violin classes. Feeling good at these crafts is a therapy enough.

Well, there's a lot to talk more. But, I'm afraid; we are running out of space this time. So, let me continue this in my next episode. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to Sorry but we cannot answer all your queries. Thank you for your understanding.)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 10, 2014.


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