Mind over FATTER; HOW OPERATION TRANSFORMATION DOC USES PSYCHOLOGY TO FIGHT FLAB
Byline: MAEVE QUIGLEY
OPERATION Transformation's resident psychologist says he wants to help the nation break our habits of comfort eating.
Dr Eddie Murphy believes a few simple steps can stop us from reaching for that bar of chocolate or packet of crisps when the going gets tough.
He said: "My motto is think complex, talk simple and what I want to do is to share some psychological ideas in a way that listeners and viewers will find helpful.
"The concept of the show is around transformation and I see it as more than just losing weight.
"It's all about health and well-being too.
"Some of the leaders - as well as the audience - say they want to lose weight and feel more confident, happier, more assertive.
"So there are emotional goals as well as physical ones."
Eddie added finding out what your mood is when you reach for the biscuits is an important way to break the cycle of comfort eating.
He said: "Most weight loss programmes get people to do food diaries to track their food intake.
"But the added value of the psychology approach to it is to look at doing a mood diary too where you are looking at food and mood together.
"You can then identify the times when you are indulging in emotional eating.
"Stress, anxiety and even boredom can trigger emotional eating.
"The activities that you are doing can also lead to comfort eating - sitting down watching TV and just instinctively grabbing that biscuit or bar of chocolate."
"But then by eating Mind and putting on weight, you end up feeling worse about yourself and so turn to that bag of crisps to cheer yourself up.
"And so the cycle starts again.
"The first step is identifying the times when you are most likely to comfort eat.
"Say, for example, one of the leaders Anna on the show. FAT
"Her husband works shifts and she is most likely to comfort-eat when he is at work and the child has gone to bed.
"It's a comfort habit - she makes a cup of tea, brings the biscuits to the chair and watches television. …