You’re an addict.

That’s a tough way to start an article about successful weight loss, but it’s time someone spoke to the inner you that’s being run (and ruined) by your compulsive eating. 

Most of us been on more diets than we can count. For a percentage of the population who aren’t compulsive eaters, diets actually work. If you cut down the number of calories that you’re eating in a day, over time the weight should come off. But what about the rest of us? 


There’s another component to our cycle of eating/dieting/purging/eating/self-loathing and shame. It’s a behavioral addiction we call compulsive eating. If your emotions trigger your overeating, those emotions are connected to your subconscious. So whatever’s going on inside your body is reflected on your menu. That’s why we said you were an addict. Whether it’s food, alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco and exercise even. Basically, a compulsion is anything we do over and over and over again that interferes with our highest functioning of our life and well-being. 


We go to see a psychotherapist for help. We talk and talk about our thoughts and feelings associated with eating but talking about it in the abstract doesn’t connect you to the inner anxiety and fear. The place to look is inside yourself and notice what you’re feeling when you eat – or when you want to eat – rather than face the feelings that you don’t want to feel. Do you have a knot in your stomach? Or a tightening in your chest? Pay attention to it. What are the thoughts, feelings, emotions or images that might come up for you when you tune into that sensation? Are there any other physical sensations you associate with eating? Write them down. Work on them. Dig down to the root of the problem.


If you seriously want to lose the weight and create habits you can maintain once and for all, find a program that involves your whole being. A program such as: where you can talk from your mind; tune into your body; experience the feelings. That’s the Trifecta of true weight control. And you can start as soon as your next snack. 

Founder, Mastery Under Pressure Tina has helped individuals with their weight issues since she first started working on a hospital eating disorder team more than 30 years ago. As an Optimal Performance Coach and licensed psychotherapist, she has long recognized that true, lasting change comes from the inside out. Using cutting-edge technology, neuroscience, energy psychology, sports psychology and current learning theory, her Mastery Under Pressure: Mastery Over Eating program gives individuals the tools and techniques they need to empower themselves and achieve their goals in every area of their lives. As she has often said, “Don’t manage your weight, master it.”