Dr. Theodore Rubin, author of The Thin Book by a Formerly Fat Psychiatrist, notes that all people have a deep need for an occasional experience of “abandon” — when we let go of our cares and self-consciousness and throw ourselves freely into an activity. A problem for many overweight people, he says, is that the closest they ever come to experiencing this feeling is through overeating.
Exercise, with its physical challenge and release and its childlike, playful nature, can provide that abandonment. Whatever you choose, from an aerobics class to downhill skiing, get involved in an activity that makes you feel free. In the process, you may be freeing yourself from the urge to overeat.