Why Don't Most Diets Work?

Just about everyone who has tried to lose weight looks for the miracle weight loss plan that will help them finally lose those extra pounds. They will try just about any fad diet that comes along even if it means just eating cabbage and drinking apple cider vinegar.

The facts are that most diets don't work. Experts agree that people have to change their behaviors and make permanent lifestyle changes to lose weight and keep it off.

Before you try the next specious fad diet that comes along, try following a healthy diet that includes a maintenance program along with this tip to change your unhealthy eating habits.

Notice Your Triggers

To make changes in your life that will promote good eating habits, start noticing your triggers. For example, you have a bad day on the job with a coworker who is gossiping about you. When you go home, you reach for the chips. Your mother calls you and says she thinks you should lose weight. After hanging up the phone, you pull out a chocolate bar. While driving to the grocery store, another driver cuts you off and you almost lose control of your car. As soon as you're in the store, you head straight for the candy isle.

These examples are triggers. They're the incidents, people, places and things that make you reach for your favorite binge foods. By recognizing how your triggers affect you, it's possible to change the unhealthy eating habits that follow these events.

Being more aware of your triggers is the first step towards changing bad eating habits. Replacing unhealthy eating habits that were provoked by your triggers with positive behavior will help you change your tendency to overeat in the future. 

Write about Your Triggers

Start documenting your triggers. Keep a record of the date and time of each trigger. Write about your feelings when they occur. For instance, if your boss said something that embarrassed you in front of your coworkers, write about the feelings you experienced. Then, think about other times in your life you felt that way. Did a teacher scold you in front of your classmates when you were younger? How did it make you feel then? Angry? Fearful? Vulnerable?

Once you start writing and tracking your triggers, you'll soon see a pattern. You may find you have a tendency to overeat on certain days of the week or a certain time of day. You may find that being with specific people cause you to overeat. Noticing these patterns will help you take a little more control over your life. It could be the best way to lose weight.

Think about the different ways you can deal with triggers. Perhaps the next time you find yourself in a situation that may precede an eating binge, you could go for a walk instead of snacking on a candy bar. Make a list all the activities you could do instead of eating. Be prepared ahead of time for the next situation that may cause you to over indulge with food.

By noticing your triggers, writing about them and planning healthy activities to replace destructive behaviors, you can lose weight and change your life for the better.