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Written by James Morris Personal Trainer


Autopilot causes weight gain?


The consequence of automatic responses to contextual food cues are an increased caloric consumption and poor dietary choices.  Contextual food cues are a specific circumstance or situation that solicits a particular response. For example, if on the way home from work you drive past a supermarket, it may trigger you to buy a bar of chocolate.


To create a new behaviour that changes the automatic response to contextual cues, you have to acknowledge and avoid the situation or circumstance that triggers the particular eating or drinking response.

Lets use the supermarket example; if driving past the supermarket triggers you to buy a chocolate bar, then to remedy this response, you would simple change the route in which you a driving to get to your given destination.

This would reduce calorie consumption and reduce poor dietary choices which would help you lose body weight.




Deborah A. Cohen, MD, MPH and Susan H. Babey, PhD. 2012. Contextual Influences on Eating Behaviors: Heuristic Processing and Dietary Choices. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 1 February 2017].


Last Updated: 1st February 2017. Intended for information only. It is not a substitute for proper medical diagnosis or dietary advice given by a dietitian. If you need to see a dietitian, visit your GP for a referral.

One Response to “Autopilot causes weight gain?”

  1. Victoria Lunk

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