“What causes overeating?”
Someone asked this question a few days ago, and it’s the $64,000 question.
This is what the entire weight loss industry including supplement, drugs and fitness are trying to figure out. Whoever finds out what the answer is will become a billionaire overnight.
With that said, I don’t believe there is a single answer to this question, I think it has multiple factors including:
Family eating patterns when you were a child
Lifestyle (sedentary, active)
Food Accessibility (are you surrounded by food all day)
Lack of true understanding of the negative effects of overeating
There are likely other factors that I have left out but in general these cover most of what will contribute to overeating.
Specific food items cannot be the cause as overweight and normal weight people alike are exposed to and eat many of the same foods, so there is something else that causes one person to continue eating and the other person to stop.
In other words, 10 people can all eat the same foods for an extended period of time but all 10 people will have a different propensity to gain weight…some just stop eating before they consume enough to gain weight while others will continue to eat…so the question is why?
I’m currently writing a weight loss program that is designed to account for this variability, so the system is flexible and allows room for personal preference…because frankly nobody but you knows what drives you into moments of overeating.
With that said, there are some common strategies everyone can use to help them eat less and lose weight, and depending on what is at the root of your overeating moments one strategy might work better for you than others.
At some point in the future I think it’s quite likely that there will be some sort of drug or genetic engineering intervention that will eventually solve the overeating problem, but until then we’ve got to do it the old fashioned way.