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Identifying Triggers

Identifying and understanding triggers are necessary to achieve weight loss success. ⁣ ⁣ 🍩 TRIGGER FOOD is a specific food that sets off a course of out-of-control overeating, which usually tends to be a calorie-dense food which are generally eaten out of habit, not hunger. This tends to be a compulsive response to a food that is difficult for you to only eat one portion of, you think about it often, or find it hard to stop eating once you have begun. ⁣ ⁣ 😳 TRIGGER FEELING is an emotion that results in a period of overeating. Often times this presents with feelings related to anxiety, stress, or depression. It is important to identify the emotion that initiates the overeating and develop positive coping skills to address that emotion in the future, so that we do not turn to food to cope. ⁣ ⁣ 🍿 TRIGGER ENVIRONMENT is a specific situation or place that sets off a period of overeating. It could be entering into grandma’s house where it always smells like fresh-baked cookies and has endless homemade treats. Or a movie theater where you know that the smell of popcorn will trigger you to eat the entire bag before the previews are even over. ⁣ ⁣ Triggers happen so it is important to recognize them for what they are and make a plan to avoid or minimize them from occurring in the future. ⁣


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