Everyone has his or her own triggers. Triggers are certain conditions, feelings or foods that cause us to overeat. Examples of triggers are boredom, stress, loneliness and parties. These are conditions that can cause you to really overeat.
If you can control your triggers, you can control your weight. It is therefore necessary to understand your triggers. At any point in time you should be asking yourself whether you are in control of your triggers or your triggers are in control of you.
This problem starts slowly. You sometimes want to eat just a little of those things that you consciously avoided when you were dieting. You might at a movie just got the smell of cookies. You then decide to go for it. Sometimes you just want to prove that you are in control, so you eat just a little of that food.
But little by little you keep increasing the amount you eat at a time, and that food is back in your life. You only get to know it when your weight starts increasing again.
How to get back in control
The key to behavioral change is being aware of the problem. The process of getting back into control, like any behavioral change, is slow and painful. You must be fully conscious of the effect of the triggers on you decision to lose weight. It is only then that you will be able to succeed. There are three steps to getting back into control.
Identify the triggers
The first step after awareness is to identify the situations, the foods and the feelings that make you overeat. You can use a journal to track your triggers. You may divide the journal into three sections: foods, situations and feelings.
Decide to control
When you identify the triggers, you must decide to learn to control them. You have to believe in yourself.
Stop responding to triggers
Just like when you started losing weight, you have to stop responding to your triggers. You must control your eating habit. You must be in control.