I guess this is a bit of a confessional for me really.
Having spent some considerable time thinking over why I can't stick to a diet (at the moment), even just eating moderately healthily, or indeed stick to any positive change which requires willpower or effort, it comes back to the psychological in several ways.
1) I'm frustrated with my career at the moment. I do earn reasonably well, but if you'd asked me 5 years ago where I'd be today, I'm short of the mark. In darker moments, I've failed horribly (of course in moment of clear-headed thinking I haven't). So, I comfort eat.
2) I've got several little things that I want to do and I just can't seem to keep on track with them. To alleviate my money worries alluded to in point 1, I'd like to get an affiliate website up and running. I have the skills, but not a lot of time and decreasing motivation. I scratch and pick my head when I'm stressed, and as I'm losing my hair albeit slowly, it's starting to show red marks and I want to stop doing that too! I want to get into a routine of playing squash and going to the gym once a week - squash I love, but the gym is harder to get enthused about. So, when I fail at any of the above, I comfort eat.
3) When I fail at sticking to eating healthily because I'm comfort eating, I comfort eat some more.
I'm trying hard not to make this sound like a moan, as looking at my life from the outside, I'd get little sympathy. I have a nice house, nice enough car, a beautiful wife and an adorable baby son. However, my mind is capable of giving me an extremely good kicking at times, more frequently at the moment than ever. The result is comfort eating, so I figured the best thing to do is join a forum and get some of this out in the open.
I suppose I'm approaching this forum a bit like an alcoholic would go to AA, so starting today, I'm going to try and make some positive changes on the things above. I know Tim Ferriss and many other would advise to change one thing at a time, but somehow that just doesn't compute for me.
I feel better already.