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The Hoda Show: How to Step It Up Physically and Mentally to Boost Your Confidence and Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

Weight loss coach, Stephanie Mansour, stopped by the Sirius XM Radio studio to chat with Today Show host, Hoda Kotb, live on The Hoda Show .

Stephanie Mansour and Hoda Kotb

As a weight loss coach for women, one of the most important messages I’m passionate about spreading is that weight loss is not just about fitness and it’s not just about watching what you eat.

While it is important to step it up with your nutrition and workouts, it’s equally, if not more, important to step it up mentally. If you want to reach your fitness and weight loss goals, first you have to believe that you deserve to hit those goals.

If you don’t feel like dragging yourself off the couch, you have to change your thinking first.

If you’re too embarrassed to walk into the gym because you haven’t worked out in over a year, you have to build your confidence first.

If you want to stop binging on a whole row of Oreos every night, you have to believe you deserve to treat yourself better first.

There’s a mental shift that has to happen in order for you to value yourself so much that you want to do healthy things for yourself. I know this because I experienced this mental shift myself over a decade ago and it made all the difference — I finally lost the weight and kept it off for good! Plus, I’ve helped my private weight loss coaching clients and the women in my community do the same. 

Once you shift your thinking, you’ll skip the emotional eating, pass over junk food, and enjoy moving your body. Instead of rewarding yourself with a milkshake or zoning out on the couch at the end of a long day, you’ll begin to reward yourself with a healthy salad or a fun walk around your neighborhood.  

Then, after you’ve made this powerful mental shift and you’ve created healthy new habits, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with eating a few Oreos occasionally if you want — everything in moderation!

Recently, I stopped by the Sirius XM Radio studio to chat with Today Show host, Hoda Kotb, live on The Hoda Show. Listen to the interview HERE to hear my story about how I struggled to lose weight, the mental shift that turned it all around, and the strategies you can use to shift your thinking too.

Stephanie Mansour and Hoda Kotb

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How to Avoid Emotional Eating

Discover the science behind emotional eating and learn how to avoid emotional eating with weight loss coach and health and fitness expert, Stephanie Mansour.

how to avoid emotional eating

Have you ever wondered how to avoid emotional eating?

If you sometimes find yourself scarfing down a bag of chips at your desk while you’re trying to meet a deadline or mindlessly eating a pint of ice cream at the end of a long stressful day to numb out, you’re falling victim to emotional eating.

In my experience as a women’s weight loss coach, I’ve found that emotional eating is one of the most common problems that my private weight loss coaching clients struggle with daily. I also find that as soon as I mention to someone during a conversation that I’m a weight loss coach, the conversation about emotional eating comes up immediately.

Everyone wants to know how to stop reaching for a candy bar when the going gets tough or turning to cookies when they’re feeling sad. Emotional eating is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is important to learn how to avoid emotional eating.

Unfortunately, emotional eating is not harmless and it doesn’t help you feel better or improve the problem that caused you to want to eat in the first place. When you let emotional eating get the best of you, you’ll tend to choose poor-quality foods that are low in nutritional value and high in salt, sugar, fat, and calories.  It can lead to binge eating disorders, food addiction, health problems, obesity, low self-esteem, and difficulty losing weight.

Recently, I visited Fox 32 Chicago and sat down with Sylvia Perez to discuss the science behind emotional eating, the physiological triggers that cause emotional eating, and what you can do to avoid emotional eating.

Tips I cover include rewarding yourself with healthy choices and indulgences that feel good — anything from a kale salad at your favorite restaurant instead of eating at home to scheduling a wellness-centered vacation or staycation.

I recently had an amazing trip to Miraval Resorts in Arizona and I’m looking forward to an upcoming Katanga Fitness Retreat getaway. Treating yourself, changing your scenery and pace, and staying active will help you focus on your well-being and shift your thinking away from turning to food for comfort.

I often suggest that women visit a local spa or manicurist, or even paint your own nails, take a bubble bath, and do some self-care at home. Go to the park, visit a museum, call a friend — anything you enjoy to change your frame of mind away from food as a default.

Want more guidance on how to avoid emotional eating and get on track to finally lose the weight for good and step it up for life? Join the FREE 21-Day Challenge with weight loss coach Stephanie Mansour for a simple but powerful workout plan, an easy-to-follow eating guide, and fun confidence-boosting exercises.


Hunger Vs. Emotional Eating As Seen On Fox Chicago

Life Coach & Health Expert Stephanie Mansour is here with ways to tell if your body is hungry or if you’re just looking for comfort food, and how to stop it so you don’t sabotage your goals.

First, you’ve got a new TV show for women working on this issue, right?! YES, we have the Step It Up with Steph TV Show that airs every Saturday at 10am on WTTW PBS. Step It Up with Steph is the women’s weekly dose of health, fitness, lifestyle, and entertainment where we delve into a new topic each week, ranging from anxiety, being a workaholic, and having lower back pain.

It’s hard to know a lot of the time if we are eating out of pure hunger, or if we are eating because we have crazy emotions taking over our minds! So what are the 5 signs to know if you’re eating out of emotions or out of hunger?

1. Mindless Eating: the first way to tell if you’re eating from emotions or if you’re actually hungry, is if you’re eating mindlessly. When you get home from work, do you sit down and eat a whole box of crackers while reading or watching TV, before you even realize it?! This is likely from your emotions because you are used to doing this. Hence, this is only a habit that we are able to break. A tip for this is portion control. Pour some of The Daily Crave’s healthy lentil chips into a bowl or into a plastic bag and then put the rest of the bag away! If you are going to splurge, make sure it is with a healthy choice. The Daily Crave’s lentil chips are a healthy option to satisfy your chip cravings.

2. Rewarding Yourself: Having a food reward that you are looking forward to all day long is a key sign that you are eating out of emotions. Instead, make reading a chapter of a book, taking a walk to a park, or doing 20 minutes of yoga your reward for after a long day. You will slowly be able to break yourself from this habit and have less emotional eating!

3. Eating a Whole Candy Bar: Even if you are going through some emotional times, eating a whole candy bar will continue to sabotage your weight loss goals. Instead, break off a piece of the bar and put it on a plate. Then, you are making it known to yourself that you are only eating a portion of it, and you won’t drown your emotions in the candy.

4. Bored: When you’re bored, you want to reach for something that is going to spike your energy. To avoid this emotional eating, KNOW when the last time you ate protein was. If you haven’t eaten in 3-4 hours, then you are actually are hungry and need protein.

5. Lonely: When you’re lonely, you begin to use food as COMFORT. Instead of reaching for unhealthy options, pick healthier, individually portioned foods that will allow you to stay within the amount you need to eat.

If you want more tips on how you can lose weight and keep it off, make sure you join my FREE 21 day challenge at stepitupchallenge.com.

Weight Loss Programs for Women: How Emotions Prevent Weight Loss

releasing anger to lose weight

One key component of the Step It Up with Steph weight loss programs for women is that we focus on how your emotions and mental state contribute to what you’re eating and whether or not you’re exercising.

How do your everyday thoughts about yourself impact your weight loss success?

Did you know your emotions can keep you from losing weight, even if you use willpower to avoid emotional eating?

Learn more about the relationship between emotions and weight loss–and what to do about it in this video:

My client (who you’ve probably heard about by now if you’ve been in this community for a while!) who lost 83 lbs in just 12 weeks without any diets or gimmicks was mentally in the game. as she followed one of our comprehensive weight loss programs for women.

There were no maybes, woulds, coulds, or doubts when it came to the fact that she was going to hit her weight loss goal and thus lose the most weight out of anyone on the reality TV show that we were on.

Marissa weight loss Before and After

In fact, once she started working with me and using our 30 Days to Love Your Body & Your Life Workbook to even further boost her self-confidence in herself, that’s when we unlocked any mental obstacles or emotional struggles that she may have run in to along the way. We course-corrected before we even hit a jagged part in the road.

If I tell you everyday that the sky is purple, eventually you may start to believe me – even though logically you know it’s not. If you grew up in a household in which you were told that you needed to watch what you eat, or that “hard work is the only way you’ll reach your goals,” these messages are probably still ingrained in your subconscious mind, whether you realize it or not. And that’s where 90% of our decisions get made – in our subconscious.

So let’s take the example of “hard work is the only way you’ll reach your goal.” I used to believe this, too, until I started studying successful people, people who had reached their goals already. And what I realized was that it wasn’t just hard work that got them to where they are today; it was SMART work.

In my work with my private weight loss clients, we are not only fiercely committed to the goal, but we are also smart and methodical in how we get there. My clients are NOT held captive by diets or strict workouts.

They don’t have their head down 24/7 in a bowl of salad. Instead, we balance all of the structure with the emotional and feelings side of weight loss – something I don’t see any other weight loss programs for women doing.

If you’re looking to an integrative approach to weight loss and reaching your goals, then you’re in the right place.

Check out the free preview of what’s in the 30 Day Workbook here, or schedule a complimentary Signature Slimdown Session with me and we’ll talk through your goals.

We’re in this together, ladies!