While this will not necessarily change the behavior it will provide a blueprint for making the person more aware of what he eats and why it happens outside of hunger.

The next step would be stimulus control. This involves identifying the environmental cues that are associated with overeating and modifying them so that they are reduced as triggers.

Suggestions for ways patients can implement this strategy include:

eating only at the kitchen table without watching television;

keeping no snack foods in the house;

laying out exercise clothes the night before as a reminder to walk or jog in the morning (FOREYT, 2000)."

Cognitive restructuring is used to help the person become aware of himself. In addition it can help the person understand why he overeats and present a realistic expectation about the consequences of that behavior and what benefits are realistically going to come from not overeating.

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