Our expert says:
You are already on the right track if you are exercising some restraint and limiting your food intake to 3 meals a day plus 2 snacks in the form of fruit. If you find that you cannot prevent the compulsion to eat then you may have an underlying condition such as a hormonal imbalance or diabetes. Do consider having a medical checkup just to see if there is a physical reason for your overeating (e.g. hypoglycaemia, insulin resistance, etc). If you are given a clean bill of health then you must ask yourself if your urge to eat has psychological components - eating for comfort, eating for reassurance, etc. If this should be the case then you actually need to have some psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist (ask your gp to refer you). The psychologist will assist you to determine why you are eating all the time and why you turn to food as a solution and then teach you less destructive coping skills. In some cases understanding what is driving you to overeat can already break the chain and motivate you to eat normally.
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