Behavior is the number one topic I discuss with my clients. At the end of the day, if you can learn to control and change your behaviors around food. you will be setting yourself up for long term success. We all have things that control us. For some it might be food, others video games and even exercise. Yet, you need to remember these are just behaviors that you repeat over time that become "routine". My goal is to help you break that routine up a bit and learn how to respect and love your body.
Ask yourself this, do you have a healthy relationship with food? Do you see food as good or bad? If you do. your relationship might not be as healthy as you like it to be. Working on that internal dialogue with yourself is important, especially if you are trying to create a healthy lifestyle change. Many of my clients see "good" and "bad" foods. I like to start changing this by saying all food is just a breakdown of protein carbs and fats, nothing more or less. How your body utilizes them is different but food is not good or bad.
Do you have a trigger foods? I think we all do. For me I have a few but its definitely peanut butter. I can slam a jar down if I am not careful. If you have foods that cause you to go overboard, why are you keeping them in your house or even buying them? Out of sight and out of mind. If you need to go to the store on a special trip it will help you think about what you are thinking about doing. Yet, time and time again, clients buy the foods and wonder why they can't control themselves. Just keep it away!
Do you eat out of emotions? Making food choices because of you are trying to numb emotions and feeling is NOT going to make it better., You become more unhappy and depressed because of the choices you are making. Try to identify the feeling or emotion first then move forward to make changes with your feelings vs. your food choices.
If you have food relationship problems, starting a diet will amplify them. Try to fix or heal your food relationship before you start something new !