Get to Know Your Food Triggers
If you are like most dieters, you’ve experienced the joy of success and the disappointment of failure. You’ve lost weight, gained it back, lost it, just to gain it back again. It seems to be an endless cycle – but it doesn’t have to be. You can end the cycle.
Consider that one of the reasons for this on-again, off-again cycle could be that you have given all of your attention to what you eat and not why you overeat.
Paying attention to what you eat is essential to losing weight; however, you can’t stop there. To keep the weight off, you need to identify and be in command of your triggers.
Ever wonder why:
You always eat popcorn at the movie even if you aren’t hungry or don’t really like movie popcorn;
Whenever you’ve had a difficult day and feel helpless and frustrated, you have a (seemingly) uncontrollable urge to eat foods that comfort you;
You must have a chocolate chip cookie when the aroma wafts through the mall, even though you are dieting and you went to shop, not eat;
The reason you eat in response to these or similar situations is that you are responding to a trigger. A trigger is any food, situation, or emotion that cues you to eat even when you are not hungry, or to overeat when you are full. These triggers seem to beckon you to “eat now”. Don’t think; just eat.
Every time you eat in response to a trigger, you are strengthening the power of that trigger.
Triggered overeating can be confused with mindless overeating, but it is actually a bit different and more complex. Both are primarily about eating without full conscious awareness; however triggered overeating is an habitual (conditioned) response to certain foods, emotions, social settings, while mindless overeating is more about simply not paying attention to what you are eating. Read More »