Simple Tips For Weight Loss Events That Trigger Overeating

We’ve established that dieters can only restrict their food intake for so long before they lose control of their eating. Overeating during the rebound phase is ofen accompanied by heavy emotions— discouragement, anger, fear, hopelessness, etc. It appears that emotional triggers play a part in diet rebound, and ofen, dieters fall off their diet wagon abruptly around some significant emotional event. But whether a loss of control happens gradually or suddenly, emotions are usually blamed. There is a reason for the connection but it’s not what you think.

What are these “significant emotional events” that often occur coincidentally with dieters’ overeating?

• Loss of a loved one or change in a relationship (positive or negative)

• Injury or illness—the person or others

• Cruise or vacation

• Promotion or demotion

• Move or construction

• Financial distress/improvement

• Marriage and/or marriage struggles or divorce

• Threat—physical or psychological

• New relationship/relationship problem, crisis

• Serious disappointment or argument/making up

• Rejection, perceived rejection

• Remark about person or weight

• Having a baby

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Notice that this list reflects the major stresses for people in general, some positive and some negative. We all go through these things as part of life. New research has recently been done showing a positive link between happiness and overeating. It looks like we can’t feel anything without finding ourselves in front of the refrigerator. But what really causes some people to overeat when they experience these stresses and the feelings they inspire?

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