1. Emotion. Eating as a coping mechanism, to numb suffering, calm fears, or combat loneliness are typical examples of emotional eating.

2. Reward. Eating indulgently to reward yourself for a job well done is another way to misuse food and overeat.

3. Seeking acceptance. Eating to be socially accepted or fit, or so you don't offend a party host, are other surefire ways to sabotage weight-loss goals through overeating.

4. Boredom. Eating due to boredom or the perceived lack of anything else to do is an overeating trap that requires keeping your mind and body stimulated and busy.

5. Procrastination. Eating to procrastinate or avoid a chore defeats two purposes; weight loss and getting things done.

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