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4 Triggers That Leave You in a Food Coma

Mar 27 2014 - 4:08pm

If overeating woes have a grip on you, change is within your reach. You're capable of taking control and achieving your goals — but it might take some hard work in the beginning. Getting real about the factors that trigger your overeating is half the battle; learn what you can do to take a step back and regain control of your relationship with food.

Your Emotional State

When you're feeling a little down in the dumps, checking out what's happening in the fridge or ordering in pizza may seem like a quick fix, but stress eating is a problem that plagues thousands and holds them back from reaching their goals.

The most basic way to stop is to starting asking yourself one simple question: "Am I hungry?" If the answer is no, don't just turn on the TV and run away from the feeling; draw your attention elsewhere. Write down what's going on in your journal, call a close friend, or head out on a walk to clear your mind. Whatever is going on won't be solved with food.

Sugar-Filled and Fatty Foods

If you can relate to having an out-of-control or out-of-body experience while you eat, it's important to recognize which foods trigger you — and it's not the fresh produce in your fridge. Calorie-dense items rich in sugar and fat or carb-heavy dishes are the most common foods that trigger a period of overeating and leave you feeling uncomfortable after.

Exercising self-control is part of the problem, but sugar-rich and fatty foods can have addictive effects [1] on your brain and body. If you're having a hard time with portion control or pacing yourself, it's best to take these foods out of your home and stock up your fridge and pantry with good-for-you foods and snacks that support your goals.

Location, Location

If you're on a weight-loss journey, you probably realize that late-night calls to your favorite fast-food joint can't happen every day, but there are plenty of surprising places where people overeat without realizing — especially when there's boredom or alcohol involved. When you're traveling, come equipped with healthy snacks [2], and never head to a happy hour or networking event where you'll be drinking while famished.

With all that said, one of the most common places people tend to overeat is at home, all alone, on the couch. As you're catching up on your favorite shows, be sure to stay hydrated and keep your trigger foods away. When boredom arrives disguised as hunger, sip on a cup of tea instead of opening the pantry right away.

The Company You Keep

When you're trying to lose weight, it can be hard to say no when foodie temptations are in your face left and right. If all your social engagements and family functions revolve around food, you've got to hit the scene prepared. When heading to a restaurant, check out the menu ahead of time and decide what you're going to order before you arrive; if you're going to a dinner party at someone's house, offer to bring a dish or two to lighten the load of your host and make sure you'll be satisfied.

While there's no way to control what your friends and family are eating, don't be afraid to ask for support. Suggest heading to spots where you know your needs will be met, and if you feel comfortable, let everyone know that you're trying to make some big lifestyle changes. Chances are, you'll inspire someone at the table.

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