Emotions, Foods, Stress, Boredom, Environment:
What Triggers Overeating?
If you are struggling to lose weight, then you must learn to identify and understand what triggers you to want to eat. There are many different reasons, depending on a given situation, that may cause you to turn to food for comfort, escape or rebellion – just to name a few possibilities.
A trigger, like that of a gun, can be thought of simply as anything that causes a reaction. Triggers set actions into motion – in this case, eating. Following are some of the potential triggers for overeating that you need to be on the look out for:
Emotional Triggers for Overeating
We humans are very emotional creatures. As societies continue to advance, people are taught more and more that it is not only OK, but necessary to pay close attention to their emotions. We are taught that we must give heed to our emotions and consistently aspire to achieve a state of emotional balance. As one result, we have become dependent on the perceived necessity to always be in emotional equilibrium. To this end, we often, unknowingly, turn to food in order to help settle our emotional charges and de-stress our lives.
Emotional triggers for overeating can be both negative and positive. You may find yourself eating anything available because you are in self-perceived misery – or because you are experiencing unbridled happiness. The point is that some emotion that you are experiencing has elicited a response from you and has caused you to reach for some food – the same way that an alcoholic may reach for a bottle.
It is of paramount importance for you to learn to isolate, identify and understand the emotional triggers that are affecting you – and when. That will empower you to be able to develop new coping mechanisms that will deactivate these emotional triggers to eat.
Food-Based Triggers for Overeating
Food triggers for overeating are not to be confused with:
Food triggers for overeating have nothing to do with how well you like a food, how that food makes you feel when you eat it, or even how long it has been since you have tasted that food. Food triggers are foods that make you lose the ability to control how much of the food that you consume. For instance, common food triggers include the fat/sugar callings of ice cream or pizza, the sodium-laden demands of nuts or potato chips – and the like. It doesn’t matter if you are feeling stressed. It doesn’t matter if you are even hungry. Food triggers for overeating are foods that make you seem to have no control over your ability to stop eating them.
But you do have control – if you choose to.
Identify your food triggers and then avoid those foods at all costs. Awareness is the only weapon that you need here. Simply witness what your food triggers are through intentional observation and introspection – and then resolve to not purchase those foods any longer. That’s all there is to it.
Environments that Trigger Overeating
Certain environments create overeating triggers. For example, you may find yourself eating way too much when at a baseball game, a walk-in movie, a Thanksgiving feast or a buffet-style restaurant. Again, awareness is your key to victory over these types of triggers. If you truly wish to redefine your eating habits and avoid these triggers, then it is solely up to you to become aware of the situations that you are losing control in.
Avoidance is the easiest solution. However, avoidance is not the most effective solution in the long run. The best solution for overcoming your weaknesses concerning your triggers for overeating, be they emotional, food-based or environmental in nature, is to take a close look at your lifestyle and identify them. Then, you need to be resolute in your decision to retrain your mind to stop being prey to them.
If you are to ever rise above the power of your triggers for overeating, then you must exercise the power of your own mind. Triggers for overeating have no powers over you that you do not allow them to have. Adapt to those cravings to overeat!
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