DIETS DON’T WORK BECAUSE …….
Diets do not work long term, they will not give you long lasting results and long lasting health and wellbeing.
Weight maintenance is not sustainable because you are not creating a way of eating and a way of living a healthy lifestyle to create long lasting results. As soon as you get bored with the diet or stop doing it, you will end up with more weight gain.
If it isn’t enjoyable and easy to maintain, its easy to throw in the towel and give up.
Diets will decrease your metabolism. When you are eating the wrong type of foods or restricting your food intake, you will burn less calories. Your body will be confused and think there is a famine and shortage of food. It will therefore hold onto fat storage because of this.
Diets can increase hunger. Depending on what types of foods you are eating on a diet, this can cause an imbalance of nutrients and increase hunger and cravings.
Diets do not change your eating habits, they will not address why you could be over eating or eating the wrong types of foods for weight loss. You need to dig deep for the underlying cause of your eating habits to be able to make a change for the better. What is causing you to eat unhealthily or over eat. Once you can establish the reasons why you are eating the way you do, you can begin to heal and create a better relationship with food.
Dieting requires your time and energy. It could mean that you have to weigh your food, constantly assess your every meal, count calories etc. This can also make a diet very confusing, time consuming and not sustainable to do it for weight maintenance.
Dieting can lead to frustration, confusion and conflicting information. There are so many diets around. They can be overwhelming and confusing, what should you eat, when or how should you eat? Diets could leave you with more questions than what you started with.
Diets do not allow you to be more in tune with your body and listen to what your body is telling you and what it needs. There may be set times of day to eat or how many portions to eat or how many meals to eat. This will stop you from really noticing if you are really hungry or just thirsty.
How food is affecting your day to day life. You can have more hunger one day than another day or you could have dietary changes around your menstruation.
Diets can increase your cravings for certain foods, especially sugar.
Restrictions around food can cause an imbalance of nutrients that cause cravings. These restrictions can make you look at food as bad or forbidden especially if some of these foods are foods that you like to eat.
Diets can cause guilt and reduce your self esteem. Restrictions around food will often make you feel ashamed of yourself or guilty if you have eaten the restricted or forbidden food.
Diets are no fun really are they. Let’s be honest, diets suck!!!
No one likes to do a diet because of:
Feelings of guilt or shame
Mindset or altered moods
Frustrations around what to eat, when etc
Not getting the results you want
A bad relationship with yourself
WHAT CAN YOU DO, IF DIETS DON’T WORK?
Start by making SMALL changes to the way you eat.
Taking the slowly slowly approach will help to eliminate the feeling of overwhelm when you start to make better choices. Over time this will go a long way to increase your health and wellbeing, reduce your menopause belly and have more hormonal balance.
Change your mindset and focus more on the positive from making better choices.
Pay more attention to the foods that you eat that will give you more energy and better health rather than focusing on restrictions and the things that you can’t eat.
Making changes is not easy so take your time and do not be hard on yourself if something goes wrong and you make some bad choices at first.
Go easy on yourself and be patient. Show some self care and love. This is not the time to throw in the towel, it is not an option.
You can do this and your persistence will pay off in the long run. Take your time and do better the next day and the next day. It will get easier the more you do it and the more you try.
Keep a journal about your progress and give yourself some praise for any little change and achievement. This will give you the motivation you need to stick with it and not throw in the towel. Remember this is not an option and success is achievable.
When you keep a journal of your progress and tracking your progress, this will give you something to strive for and a goal to achieve.
Be your own cheerleader and read your journal every day for encouragement and motivation. You could write down some inspirational quotes to help you along the way.
Make a start now, don’t’ put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Don’t start on Monday, at the beginning of a new year, next month, after summer etc. There is no time like the present so start NOW.
Remember every small change is a step forward and is a CHANGE.
Celebrate that and be proud of yourself because you are worth it and you deserve to look good and feel good inside and out.