Boredom, negative feelings, weekends, and holidays can trigger you to overeat. Reach your goal by staying motivated and sticking to your diet.
Step 1: Change mindset Change your mindset. Acknowledge that "eating whatever and whenever you want" often leaves you feel unpleasantly full and uncomfortable, which, in reality, is exactly what you don't want.
TIP: Acknowledge that you are in control of what you eat.
Step 2: Make a list Make a list of the reasons you want to lose weight and keep the list with you. Read your list throughout the day, every day, to stay motivated.
Step 3: Plan meals Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. If you'll be eating out or drinking alcohol, allow yourself to enjoy a small, predetermined portion of one of your favorite high-calorie treats so that you don't feel deprived.
Step 4: Keep track of food intake Write down everything you eat in a journal to keep yourself aware of and honest about your food intake.
Step 5: Set goals Set small, short-terms goals. When you meet them, feel good about yourself and reward yourself with a non-food related treat.
TIP: Focus on a realistic weekly weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds.
Step 6: Weigh yourself Weigh yourself once a week at minimum, but realize that weighing yourself is only one way to track your progress. Before you know it, eating healthfully -- and feeling good about it -- will become second nature.
FACT: The most craved food by women in the United States is chocolate.