I have tried a lot of diets in my life and none of them ever seemed to work. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been really overweight, but I always felt like I had at least 10 - 15 pounds I could lose. I used to obsess over the number on the scale and research every new diet I heard about. I also struggled with acne and knew proper nutrition could help solve the problem. I read so many diet books and had a subscription to every health and fitness magazine. Although, I gained a lot of knowledge and some of the diets seemed to work for a little while, they were never going to be life sustainable. I mean, who really wants to spend their whole lives obsessing over how many calories or points they used in a day?
Did you know that 98% of people that lose weight from a diet gain it back within 6 months? This is because the diet mentality is based on deprivation. You are able to get a quick-fix result because you were able to deprive yourself for a period of time. Eventually, this method falls apart which can lead to a binge and despite all your hard work, you gain the weight back. How frustrating is that? These types of diets will slow down your metabolism which will only make it harder for you to lose weight.
Fad diets and overly restrictive diets should simply be avoided. Most fad diets can be harmful to the body and actually lack the essential nutrients that we need. This is why most people gain the weight back the second they stop the fad diet. With overly restrictive diets, your metabolism is slowed and there is not much pleasure when it comes to eating. Overly restrictive diets can lead to obsessive behaviors and/or eating disorders such as orthorexia.
You may be wondering, “Well If I shouldn’t diet than what do I do?”. Well, to put it simply, you need to create a healthy lifestyle. You need to feed your body nourishing whole foods and have daily movement in you life.You need to let go of labels and eat what your body wants and what actually makes you feel good. When you go to pick up that cookie or bag of chips, simply ask yourself “How will this make my body feel?” and sometimes your body will want that cookie and that’s okay. Let go of the judgement, thoroughly enjoy your cookie, and move on with your life. The more aware and intentional we are when it comes to eating the more we will make better choices for our overall health. It may take time and consistency, but its possible to create a healthy lifestyle and let go of the diets. If you struggle with creating this new lifestyle then it may be beneficial to seek support. You don’t have to go at this alone. And remember, YOU deserve to live the life you crave.
So let me know your thoughts . . . Are you ready to put an end to the dieting cycle?