You can only white-knuckle an unwanted behavior through sheer willpower for so long before reverting back to old patterns.
If you never address the underlying cause of your ingrained habit...
...it’s like pulling a weed out of the ground but leaving the roots there to grow back later.
Here’s what I mean:
A lot of the time, food is way more than just food.
Sometimes, we use food to fulfill a deeper need.
Maybe food provides a deep need for certainty when everything else seems so uncertain.
Maybe it’s a way of making you feel significant because you always feel completely invisible.
Maybe it gives you a feeling of love and connection so that you no longer feel alone.
Following a meal plan in an attempt to keep you from the sweets that you love,
Or deciding not to eat after 8 pm to avoid evening binges will only work for so long.
Doing the deep inner work is the ONLY way to break these cycles.
A fitness app or a meal guide will never be able to do that for you.