Blissfully married Andrew and Lesley had been doing what many very happy couples do, using food as a bonding experience. Andrew was into the chip packets rather too much, and Lesley was into her chocolate. It’s pretty easy to put on extra weight (or hang on to extra weight) when it’s maintained by thousands of extra calories, not just day in and day out, but often just through weekend binging.
But when you no longer feel any kind of “pull” from that food any more, what happens is you just forget to eat it. After all, it wasn’t that you were hungry (this is classical non-hungry eating), it’s just that the food comes to mind and you think “Mmmm, I’d like some of that now”. When you “de-link” the thought of the food with the “Mmmm” feeling, what happens is that your stomach actually stays silent and you have no reaction to the thought of the food. If you’re not hungry, you’re not likely to want it, and if you are hungry you’ll desire real food instead.
This is just one way to get rid of all non-hungry eating, without even trying.