You probably know the foods that historically have sabotaged your weight loss efforts in the past. We call these "trigger foods" because they trigger destructive eating. Certain trigger foods should be approached with the same level of awareness and degree of caution that you might show any drug. No one has to tell you the power of go-to, comfort food. Think back to a time when you feverishly attacked a bag of chips or shoveled ice cream into your mouth with reckless abandon—times when you felt you just couldn’t “get enough.” Whether we call it addictive or compulsive behavior doesn’t matter. Let’s simply agree that for you, for me, and for everyone, certain foods can be particularly challenging to your intentions to achieve weight mastery.
The question is: Do you need to abstain from these foods? That’s for you to decide. I know that if I start down an old, familiar path of impulsive (which often leads to compulsive) eating with certain highly palatable food, it’s not long before my cravings migrate to other destructive choices. I’ve found that, for me, being abstinent with certain trigger foods makes everything else easier.