Our mindset plays a huge role in eating behavior and weight. If we don’t tune in to body hunger signals and make what we eat a conscious choice, today’s 24/7 availability of large portions of high-calorie food makes weight control very challenging for most of us. Yet when we impose on ourselves rigid rules about what and how much we can eat, benefits are often short-lived. Studies show that women, especially, tend to rebound, overeating on the “forbidden fruit” and gaining back more weight than they lost. For some, this can begin a pattern that leads down a disastrous road.
Everyday eating impulses, not special occasions, as biggest culprit
Two studies of weight gain and loss in middle-aged women provide examples of conclusions reached by a growing body of research on eating behavior and psychology. In both studies, unplanned overeating in response to various circumstances and the way in which people tried to control it were strongly linked to weight changes.