Every day you decide what to eat, but you might not understand why you eat.
For instance, do you eat only when you're truly hungry or do you sometimes nosh because you're bored or sad or because a tempting TV ad sent you searching to the fridge?
The answer to those questions is important—especially if you're trying to lose or maintain weight.
One way to find out is to keep a food journal for a few days. By jotting down what, when and where you eat and how you're feeling at the time, you might spot what drives you to overeat or to choose less-than-healthy foods.
The next step: Finding ways to avoid the triggers. Here are suggestions for three common triggers.
You use food to relieve stress, loneliness and other emotions.
Instead of reaching for food:
You mindlessly munch while watching TV.
See food, eat food
Smelling and seeing food strips away your willpower.
At a restaurant:
Armed with these tips, you can be on your way to being as healthy as you always dreamed.
Sources: American Heart Association; American Psychological Association; National Institutes of Health