Weight loss success is the result of ridding yourself of one set of habits and adopting a new set of habits. Eating too much food and too many fattening foods are the habits you want to get rid of. Eating to lose weight involves habits you want to adopt.
The change from old habits to new habits is no easy matter. This change has to be made consciously and repeatedly. Besides habit change, there is goal change as well. The old goals, which are the reasons why the old habits are in place, need to be consciously and repeatedly challenged and changed to the new goals that will stand behind the new habits.
In order for eating too much food and eating too many fattening foods to become such an established go-to for you, you had to repeat these behaviors and feel reinforced by them many times over. Eventually the habits that governed your overeating began to practically run themselves. Once such habits were formed, the habits seemed to function without your awareness of their original goals.
In other words, you went for food without knowing that you were trying to make yourself feel better. You went to food without knowing what you were trying to make yourself feel better from. Snacking at night became a habit so you would feel nice and full. The habit was just there, and each night after dinner while you watched TV you got out your snack food and ate it like there was no tomorrow Over time what faded from your awareness was how anxious you could be if you went to bed feeling empty—like there would be no tomorrow.