Group A: I tend to overeat if
- I’m busy or distracted at work.
- I’m rushed and on the go.
- I’m tired. I haven’t had enough sleep.
- I’m with other people who are eating.
- I’m out at a restaurant.
- I’m in front of the TV or computer and need something to do with my hands.
- I have a plate of food in front of me, and I feel I must clean my plate.
Group B: I tend to overeat if
- I’m depressed.
- I’m lonely.
- I’m feeling unattractive.
- I’m feeling anxious or worried.
- I’m having negative thoughts about my body.
- I’m under stress.
- I want to be comforted.
The Mind-Body Connection: Get Control Over Your Eating Habit
People aren’t deliberately self-destructive. We don’t follow good advice because, frankly, overeating makes us feel better than depriving ourselves or engaging in strenuous activity. A bucket of buttered popcorn triggers powerful, primitive brain mechanisms; the prospect of jogging three miles doesn’t. Sharing dessert with your friends at a cozy restaurant feels convivial and comforting; running on a treadmill by yourself at the gym doesn’t.
How to get back your control over your eating habit? Start doing the following actions: