Hungry for Less Offering Free Classes to Address Root Reasons for Weight Gain
2012-03-12 · By Editor
It’s the number one reason why men and women overeat. Yet, it’s rarely addressed in mainstream weight loss programs.
Not surprising. When it comes to wolfing down food because we’re feeling stressed, bored, angry or frustrated, most folks experience yet a few other emotions: embarrassment, shame and denial.
Former yo-yo dieter and the founder of Hungry for Less in Long Beach, Kim Kabar, says there’s no reason for any person to feel embarrassed or ashamed about eating emotionally.
“Everybody eats emotionally,” says Kabar, 48, who founded the weight loss program in 2010. “We eat when we’re happy, sad, bored, excited and for whole host of other emotions. The problem occurs for some of us when we start to rely on food to numb those emotions and when we begin to feel a sense of powerlessness over our ability to control our eating.”
Hungry for Less offers one-day workshops and six-week courses that teach men and women how to stop eating emotionally, how to get off the often maddening hamster wheel of yo-yo dieting, how to follow their own hunger cues and how to begin addressing the hunger of their hearts.
During the month of March, Hungry for Less is hosting free 90-minute introductory classes at 10 a.m. every Monday and Saturday for people to learn more about this unique program. All classes are held in Kabar’s home. Address is given to all who RSVP through the Hungry for Less website at www.hungry4less.com or by calling Kabar at (562) 519-3835.
While Hungry for Less’s primary goal is to educate men and women about the link between emotions and food, Kabar is quick to point out that the program is not group therapy.
“Nor is it the kind of support group where men and women sit around in a circle and spend two hours crying over the ice-cream or the buffalo wings they ate the night before,” said Kabar, a veteran journalist and frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Time, AAA’s Westways and numerous travel magazines. “The knowledge I share with members I’ve gained from my years of personal experience as a yo-yo dieter, as a daughter of a compulsive over-eater and from the more than 25 years that I have spent in various schools of nutrition, fitness and personal transformation programs.”
Hungry for Less combines the transformational tools and methods of such powerful programs as Landmark Education, Wisdom Unlimited and PAX Programs, as well as the knowledge of such transformational leaders as Byron Katie, author of “Loving What Is,” Geneen Roth, author of “Breaking Free from Emotional Eating,” and Pavel Somov, author of “Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time.”
“In a safe and compassionate way, we encourage men and women to dig below the surface and to explore the emotions behind their eating,” said Kabar. “We offer amazing transformational tools that help our members get back in touch with their own hunger cues and allow them to begin to question the validity of their stressful thoughts concerning food, weight and body image thus allowing them to lose weight naturally and permanently.”