I'm not here to debate macros and micros or clean eating versus moderation. I don't care what your stance is on any of that and I don't care what worked for you. For many of us weight loss is actually about more than what/how much we eat and our physical activity.
I'm talking about the mental aspect.
I've discussed my issues with binge eating before http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/usmcmp/view/when-1-becomes-10-684689. That's something I take into consideration all the time. Making sure my food choices are filling to satisfy my stomach and fitting in tasty things to satisfy my taste buds. Planning ahead and pausing to reflect when I start to go off plan are very important to preventing the binge eating.
Another issue I deal with is that I am afraid of being hungry. I know to some of you that sounds ridiculous. During Marine Corps recruit training I never got enough to eat. I didn't have binge eating or over eating issues before then. Three months of constant hunger (the kind where you eat anything you are given even if you hate the taste) left an impact.
After boot camp I ate constantly. Even if I had just eaten. Even if I was full. Part of me worries that my next meal won't come. I fear feeling hungry.
I've thought about this issue a lot. How does someone overcome the fear of being hungry? I see two strategies that I need to apply. The first goes hand in hand with my plan to reduce binge eating. Planning/prepping meals in advance to make sure they are filling and reduce the worry that I won't get to eat again. The second is more important to actually overcoming the fear entirely. That's to just be hungry and learn to accept that being hungry isn't the end of the world. It will be uncomfortable, but it is important to learn to control my fear of being hungry.
I know my mental issues with eating/hunger/binge eating are far less harmful than the issues that others face. I used to think I was just addicted to food or addicted to sugar, but I know now that the real issue is personal responsibility. I struggle with self control and I struggle with being afraid of hunger. I've accepted responsibility for these issues and I am working to fix them.