The Best Eating Behaviors to Lose Weight

"We often think that to lose weight, we must entirely change our lives," says Grupski. "We imagine some version of our future self who is doing all of the 'right things' and living our best life.

Take small, repeatable, incremental steps that fit into your life.

Behavioral theories suggest that the less attainable a goal seems, the less likely we are going to take action. Instead of envisioning a complete transformation, Grupski says to set goals that have a 95% chance of you completing and repeating.

Grupski explains that we tend to think about what we will or won't eat or whether we'll start jogging again or try a new workout. But we often stop short of really figuring out "how" to make it happen.

Focus on the "how" more than on the "what."

"This is why it's important, when we're deciding on what we want to do differently, to focus even more energy on precisely how we'll make it happen," she says. "We should ask ourselves questions like: what exactly am I going to do? When will I do it? What might get in the way and how can I plan for that?"

"We often have an all-or-nothing thinking style when it comes to making healthy changes," Grupski says. "So when we miss the mark of what we planned to do, we think of it as a 'mess up' or as evidence that we 'ruined' the good stuff we already did."

Take note of your thinking pattern.

This way of thinking makes a big impact on what we do. For example, when we think "well, I already ate 2 cookies … might as well finish the sleeve." This is where noticing our thinking patterns, gently challenging them, looking at the big picture, and practicing self-compassion come in.

Many folks like to see those numbers drop on the scale, especially when the results are quick. When weight loss occurs slowly, plateaus, or even reverses people tend to get discouraged and don't want to continue on their weight loss journey—even though this almost always tends to happen along the way.

Not enough focus on non-scale victories.

"This is where keeping the big picture of health in mind and focusing on off-the-scale progress—like improved energy and mobility—come in," Grupski explains. "And some research even suggests that focusing on process more than the outcomes can help you stay on track."

When it comes to eating behaviors, here are several behavioral strategies that Grupski suggests to help support your weight loss journey.

Focus on your eating behaviors.