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What Are the Most Common Triggers for Overeating?

By Michelle May, M.D.

So far, over 30 people have responded to my recent question on Facebook:

What are your top three triggers for overeating?

We got a couple of funny ones; my favorite was “Forks, Spoons, and Knives.” Not surprisingly, there was quite a bit of overlap in the responses! Here’s a quick tally of the most common triggers based on this informal poll:

Stress, boredom, fatigue, appetizing food, and “emotions” came out on top. I asked a follow-up question and got a resounding YES!:

Would you like some short blog posts on dealing with some of the most common triggers?

So as promised, I am going to do a series of posts addressing these common triggers for overeating. The first post will give you an overarching strategy for dealing with any trigger; otherwise, you’ll deal with one trigger and a new one will appear! After all, when a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it! 






About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

One Comment

  1. Melisa says:

    This is exactly what I need . . . stress is a huge trigger but so are hormones . . . and more so when they happen at the same time! Can’t wait for the next post.

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