Weight Loss and Emotional Eating

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 Registered Dietitian, talks about how emotional eating can prevent people from reaching their weight loss goals.

 Registered Dietitian, talks about how emotional eating can prevent people from reaching their weight loss goals.

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Featuring Crystal Higgins, Registered Dietitian

Duration: 36 seconds

Your eating is often linked to your emotions. So if you’ve dealt with any sort of trauma in your life, or if you’re stressed, or anxious or depressed, these are all factors that will influence your food choices.

Really identifying are these the type of issues that I’m struggling with? And perhaps seeking some sort of counseling or just a combination of practitioners to help you with this.

Presenter: Crystal Higgins, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

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Weight Loss and Emotional Eating


There are parts in the brain that feel rewarded when we eat high-fat or high-sugar foods.


Certain parts of the brain feel "rewarded" when we eat high-fat, high-sugar foods. This causes people to seek out those good feelings again by eating.


Working with a local registered dietitian or nutritionist can help people lose weight.


Registered dietitians and nutritionists can help people make healthy food choices, understand the glycemic index and find out how many calories they need to lose weight.


Alcohol isn't linked to weight gain.


Alcohol can cause weight gain because of the calories in drinks and because people often make unhealthy food choices when they drink.


Losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is recommended for effective long-term weight management.


A steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is usually recommended for most people. While it's tempting to lose more, 1-2 pounds per week is typically best for long-term weight management.


Cutting out protein can be an effective weight loss tool.


If you're trying to lose weight, eating a recommended amount of protein is still essential. Protein supports overall health and helps preserve your muscle mass.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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