By Daniel G. Amen, MD

It is absolutely critical that you know what helps keep you on track with your weight loss, what makes you more likely to fall back into your old ways, and what puts you in imminent danger of overeating. To help my patients understand the people, places, and things that are helping them reach their goals and those that are putting them at greater risk for overeating, I use an exercise called the Three Circles.

For this exercise, I have my patients take a page, draw three circles on it, and label them “Red Circle,” “Yellow Circle,” and “Green Circle.”

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