**Take care of the hunger so that You’re not even tempted to walk into the kitchen. Identify the problem times and try to avoid being really hungry during that time period. For me it has been the first few minutes when I get home from work. I started packing an extra piece of fruit to eat in the car on the commute home.
**Find an activity to do to help fill that void of time where the closet eating is likely to occur. Pick up a hobby. Instead of eating, if your hands and mind are both occupied with a different activity you will be less tempted to eat uncontrollably. Hobbies? Running, biking, fishing, crochet, scrapbooking, woodworking. Anything that strikes your fancy!
**Don’t start! Don’t even start with the ‘first bite’. One bite when alone usually leads to multiple bites until a full meal worth of calories of closet eaten food is eaten. Avoid snacking alone...period.
**Journal the closet eaten food! Tracking your food gives a level of accountability. It somehow becomes real when you have to actually write/type it all down.
**Find an accountability partner. Find someone that you can be totally honest with and share your struggles. Find someone that will build you up when you struggle but also give you tough love when you need it.
** Most importantly, forgive yourself. You will struggle and have slip ups. Don’t beat yourself up. Instead, forgive yourself. Stop looking back at your failures but instead look forward. To making better choices.
Closet eating can have a negative impact on your weight loss. But if you are a closet eater, with these techniques you can still have great success with your weight loss!