Pinpoint your triggers
Yes, you should tune in to those occasions when you eat but aren't really hungry. Are you stressed, bored, or sad? Also pay attention to how you spend your time and your money—and what you value most in the world. People often turn to food to express core beliefs, says Roth. Those who feel the need to be in control in order for things to go smoothly often go on extreme diets only to find themselves bingeing uncontrollably after a period of deprivation. Those who can't sit quietly with their loneliness or solitude may seek out pleasure from a bowl of ice cream or a bag of chips. "Ask yourself what's going on in those moments when you turn to food," Roth says.