4. You’re not writing it down
Perhaps the only thing Bridget Jones did right was keeping track of her food intake—but it didn’t seem to teach her any lessons about weight loss! In reality, studies suggest keeping a food diary has a positive impact on diet success. “Keeping a food journal keeps you conscious and keeps you honest,” says Shulman. “If you know you have to be accountable, you might do less emotional eating.”
You don’t have to keep of log of everything you consume for the rest of your life, however. “You should log your foods initially, until you find your rhythm,” says Nobrega-Porter. The idea is that if you give it enough thought, healthy, conscious eating will become a way of life.