What Kind of Eater Are You?
7 habits of highly unsuccessful dieters, and how to break them.
Solving the Problem continued...
Aronowitz says it may also be helpful to note how many of your foods were
fresh, frozen, processed, fried, steamed, baked, broiled, take-out, or eaten at
a restaurant, and how many you ate "out of the box."
"Eating anything out of a box, without a predetermined portion, can be
especially dangerous – before you know it, it's gone, and you haven't even
tasted the last few hundred calories!" says Aronowitz.
After one to two weeks of journaling your food habits, you should begin to
see a pattern emerge.
"You can not only identify your eating 'triggers,' but also the driving
force behind why you may be eating more than you need, and even more than you
realize," says Aronowitz.
Your Eating Style
Once you know what your eating style is, Yerardi says, you can take steps to
"If you know, for example, that an all-you-can-eat buffet means you are
going to go eat all that 10 people could eat, go in prepared: Put a time limit
on how long you will stay, or on how many dishes you will try, " says
If noshing and nibbling is the only way you can deal with stress, Taylor
says, then nosh and nibble on healthy, low-calorie foods.
"Just because you feel the need to eat when you are nervous, doesn't
mean you have to eat Boston cream pie," she says. "You can eat a tasty
and wholesome snack."
Moreover, all the experts who spoke with WebMD say that if you try to make
eating a conscious experience that touches all your senses, you're less likely
to overeat. And even if you do, you'll be less likely to punish yourself for it
"When you are aware of what you eat, and you eat it consciously, at
least you have enjoyed it – as compared to eating it unconsciously and not even
remembering what it tasted like,' says Taylor.
The motto she suggests to all her weight loss clients: "Confess your
food sins – forgive yourself – and move on!"