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Tending to your emotional health is an important part of your weight-loss journey, especially if you're used to using food as a coping mechanism. Learn other ways of responding to stress and other emotional situations, and gain the tools you need to be healthy inside and out. 

Feeling guilty about eating could sabotage your weight-loss efforts

Anyone who has ever gone on a diet or tried to lose weight has most likely faced guilt at some point along the way. Sometimes we feel guilt when we take an extra day off from the gym, or when we indulge in an extra portion of dessert or junk food. Guilt can make us feel bad, yet we succumb to temptation — after all, we're only human, and nobody's perfect.

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How to cope with emotional eating

How to cope with emotional eating

Many individuals who are overweight suffer from emotional eating, or eating in response to boredom, stress, anger, loneliness, or other emotions. After your LAP-BAND® surgery, learning how to distinguish genuine hunger from an emotional desire for food will be crucial to your long-term success.

Emotional eating is often a lifelong practice that takes time to correct. But by being mindful of your habits and proactive about your behavior, you can learn to change your attitude towards food.

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Making New Year's resolutions stick

Making New Year's resolutions stick

Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, especially in the United States, where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of all adults are obese.

The New Year is the perfect time to set new goals and get excited about losing weight. The holiday season is finally over, and you can get back to eating healthy foods without being tempted by all those sinfully delightful holiday treats and snacks. You may also feel excited and eager to put a new gym membership to good use. However, your New Year’s resolutions can fall flat shortly after January 1 if you fail to set realistic weight-loss goals for yourself.

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Realistic resolutions

If you've pledged to renew your commitment to weight loss and healthier habits in the new year, you're not alone. According to health experts, weight loss tops the resolution list for most Americans. Unfortunately, less than half keep their commitment after six months. Rather than becoming a part of this statistic, make 2012 the year you shape up and meet your goals with these five tips.

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Stress reduction a key component in weight loss

A recent study showed that people who are less stressed are more successful at losing weight. Scientists have long known that stress often plays a role in weight gain. While mild stress can result in a temporary loss of appetite, chronic stress can trigger the release of hormones that increase the appetite. And stress can also disrupt sleep patterns, which can make weight loss even more difficult.

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