Dieting is hurting you in so many ways, even if you don’t realize it yet.
It is hurting you physically. How do you feel when you are on a diet (either in the short or long term)? Do you feeling energized, fulfilled, satisfied? My guess is no. If you are like most dieters. You barely make it through the day ignoring your growling stomach and it takes everything you have to muster up enough energy to get through your work-out. What about the success you are seeing? Have you been able to lose the weight and keep it off? My guess is again is no. Again, if you are like most dieters your weight cycles and chances are you might weigh more now than when you first started your weight loss attempts.
It is hurting you mentally and emotionally. When you don’t lose the weight you expected or were promised, when you break the diet rules how do you feel? Dieting makes you feel guilty, shameful, like you are lacking willpower to the point of maybe feeling like you are lazy.
As a Dietitian, I am going to tell you what my experience has been with people wanting to lose weight and hopefully you can relate to what I’m about to share because guess what…it’s not you that is failing, your diet is failing you!
I have been a Dietitian for 11 years now. How did that happen?
Over the years, I have come across a countless number of people willing and motivated to lose weight. They would do anything. They would go on any diet and follow any meal plan that I gave them.
But would they really?
The conversations were all the same "just tell me what to eat and I will do it." When I took the time to come up with a customized, detailed meal plan what were the results? They were not the best. People were still stalling and struggling. However, when the client instead focused on small changes that they felt good about without giving up things that would make them feel deprived they saw results!
The first group of people I described were obsessive. They weighed themselves everyday and if they didn't see the scale budge to their satisfaction they were discouraged, beaten, and broken. They counted every calorie that touched their lips.
Whereas, the other group still enjoyed pizza and alcohol on occasion but they saw their weight dropping. The difference between these two groups?
The first group was depriving themselves of foods they enjoyed and social situations that they could no longer be a part of for fear of eating "out of control." The second group ate to their satisfaction and respected their bodies and their relationship with food. They were using Intuitive Eating strategies. At the time, I knew nothing about Intuitive Eating (developed by Dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch) but I was using it in my practice and the clients that embraced it saw the results.
If you feel it's time for you to join the second group of clients I describe and stop the chronic cycle of dieting and despair then check out my free mini-course where you will get actionable steps that you can implement right away.
Regaining trust in yourself and finding satisfaction in eating again is my best kept weight loss secret.