Americans are preoccupied with dieting — but weight loss isn’t just about what to eat and what not to eat. It’s about paying attention to how and why we make our choices.

“You need to notice what you’re doing and be present with what is happening before you can make changes,” says Aruni Nan Futuronsky, senior life coach and program advisor for Kripalu healthy living programs. “Ask yourself, what am I hungry for? Many people who struggle with food are dealing with a deeper imbalance in their lifestyle.”

Those imbalances may include too much stress, feeling overwhelmed or unhappy, not getting enough exercise, and skipping meals.

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