When I eat more than I intended, even if only slightly, I blow my diet and lose control of my eating. How can I stop doing this?

When you’re trying to lose weight, you may struggle to stick to the rules of a particular diet.  When you break a dietary rule, it can feel as though you’ve failed and you abandon your diet, only to feel bad the next day and resolve to start again.  In this week’s Ask...

How can I stop grazing on junk food all day at work?

A busy job where your energy levels are low and you’re stressed out can have you snacking on high calorie foods to try and boost your energy through the day. Here are some pointers about what you can do to change this pattern…. How can I eat more healthily during the...

How to deal with boredom without eating

You’re at a loose end, stuck inside because of the freezing weather, and you keep having the urge to go to the kitchen and graze on something tasty.  You’re not hungry – you ate lunch only an hour ago – but your brain keeps switching to thoughts of food. There are...

How to deal with being cajoled into eating more than you intended

Do you eat more than you really want to when you eat out with friends? When you find that despite your best intentions, you splurge whenever you eat out with friends, you may be tempted to avoid eating out, at least until you’ve reached your goal weight. But eating...

How can I stop eating my kids’ leftovers?

Eating leftovers is an occupational hazard if you have kids of any age, or if you cook for anyone else…. If this sounds like you or someone you know, here are some tips. …… How do I break the leftover eating habit? Dear Helen, I’ve got into the habit...

How to stop feeling anxious about feeling hungry

When feeling hungry makes you anxious, and makes you eat more than you need If the idea of getting hungry fills you with unease, or even dread, you may find yourself eating extra now to avoid risking hunger pangs later. I call this “Insurance Policy Eating”. Taking...