Top 10 Triggers For Overeating

Top 10 Triggers For Overeating - Many people think over-eating means bingeing and for others it means consuming more / other than planned. Most people over-eat for many different reasons.

Below are the Top 10 Triggers for over eating based on my previous clients. (They are not in order of importance).

How many Triggers apply to you?

1) Boredom.

This is eating when you’re bored or do not have anything interesting to do or look forward to. TV is a favourite pastime especially when you are alone at

Pigging out Top 10 Triggers For Overeating

Top 10 Triggers For Overeating chocolates, sweets, etc.

home, kids in bed, partner at work or you live on your own and are bored.

Then, those food adverts are showing images of delicious food and the image goes straight into our brain and, of course, it is so easy to be drawn towards the fridge or food cupboards.

2) Feeling Deprived.

When following a ‘typical diet’ you will feel deprived of the foods which you really enjoy, and this leaves you craving for them even more. Science has also proved that the deprivation causes ‘withdrawal’ symptoms similar in strength to those when someone must give up a drug!

No wonder most diets fail!

The emphasis on skinniness as an ideal size has led to many people to use severely restrictive diets. Some diets insist you avoid eating whole food groups. Usually our body needs these foods and they are often readily available and highly visible in shops. This latter point being a powerful eating-stimuli.

The dieting person often breaks their ‘plan’ and eats the forbidden or naughty food. This may lead to an overwhelming feeling of guilt, followed by feelings of low self-esteem, which again motivates the individual to eat more of the bad food to numb these negative feelings. A vicious circle!

3) Feeling Disgust or Hatred with Your Body.

Are you focusing on the things which you feel are ‘wrong’ with your body and figure? One of the main reasons why both women and men are unable to overcome eating triggers, is their inability to accept their personal body-shape. Our minds are influenced by absurd body ideals, media-provoked images that are based on ‘perfect models’.

99.99% of us are not ‘perfect models’ and the fact is, that we can never be such.

If your genetics gave you wide hips, you cannot diet them to be ‘un-wide’. If your genetics gave you a wide neck, you cannot diet it to be ‘un-wide’. That is your make-up.

At this point, I do want to say that some people find what we don’t like about ourselves… very appealing.

4) Glucose intolerance. ( Not often thought of as one of the Top 10 Triggers For Overeating)

Many people suffer from this problem which is based on a natural physiological trigger. In a healthy body, carbohydrates are converted to glucose and a blood glucose level of ~60-120mg/dl is maintained without thought to the dietary consumption of carbohydrate. In the glucose intolerant population, carbohydrates are readily converted to glucose and the pancreas responds to this shift in blood sugar by secreting an excessive amount of the hormone; insulin. Insulin’s job is to remove the glucose from the blood stream and help it enter the body cells to give nutrition and strength.

If done properly, the blood glucose level returns to the normal range regardless of the amount of carbohydrate consumed. If this system is not working correctly, a quick rise in blood glucose followed by an over-production of insulin occurs. The excessive insulin is not recognized by the body cells, so it is unable to remove the glucose from the blood stream. The result is an increase in the blood insulin levels, which has an appetite-stimulating-effect. The individual concerned is driven to eat and if he/she chooses to eat simple carbohydrates, then the cycle continues.

Fact: Junk Food Makes You Eat More Junk Food!

5) Habits.

Your daily eating habits are not as healthy as they should be, and you may not even be aware of just how unhealthy they are. Often, excessive eating, lack of physical activity and stress, tips the scales of our otherwise balanced lifestyles.

Many women have told me that overeating tends to occur more in specific places and at certain times.     Commonly; In the evening at home when cooking and “having a snack to keep me going” or “you’ve got to keep tasting the dinner to make sure it is OK.” Another common one I hear is; “In the evening, you have to snack while you watch telly”.

Maybe the habit is always having several biscuits with your tea of coffee, having a bedtime snack or finishing the kids’ food when they leave it, etc.

6) Lack of Energy and Feeling Tired. (Yes. This is one of the Top 10 Triggers For Overeating).

Are you are putting up with so much stress or hassle in your life that it is constantly draining your energy, leaving you feeling tired. So as your energy-level becomes low and you look for a fast pick-me-up.

Unfortunately, most people reach for calorie-laden sweet and fatty treats. Sound familiar?

Top 10 Triggers For Overeating being lonely

Feeling left out or ignored is one of the Top 10 Triggers For Overeating

7) Needing Love and Comfort.

If you turn to food whenever you need love and comfort you may really pile on the pounds. With the pressure of work and home chores both men and women tend to feel ‘burnt out’. All this pressure and stress is manageable if supported with constant appreciation and love. However, lack of appreciation and discouraging remarks leave people sad and lonely and they tend to turn towards food to find consolation and some pleasure in life.

8) Feeling Overwhelmed.

You have got so much going on in your life, that you feel you find it extremely difficult to take the first step to changing your eating habits. Almost impossible.  Please let me say here…It isn’t!... Take the first step, then the second and third and move on. You can do it!

9) Feeling Upset and Hurt.

Do you turn to food when someone says or does something that feels upsetting or hurtful to you? Anxieties and emotions can also trigger the desire to eat.

Many people eat because they are sad or stressed out. Some people eat to celebrate when they are happy.

10) Lack of Willpower.

Your attitude is shaped by your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It is easy to feel great when the ‘going is good’. The key to vibrant energy and the powerful positive attitude is to MAKE yourself feel good, ESPECIALLY when the going’s tough and you don’t feel good, or you don’t want to feel good.

Maybe you have some or all of these Top 10 Triggers For Overeating. You may even have some that are not here. Let me know, and we can sort them out together.

Guys; listen, the truth is this: You have a skip-load of Will power – “I will have that cake, I will have those doughnuts, I will have….”

What you are short of is WON’T  power. “I won’t have that ….. and I won’t have that either”.

Sounds much better and feels it too.