The definition of diet:
A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
One of the first dieticians was the English doctor George Cheyne. He was overweight, and eating large quantities of rich food and drink. He began a meatless diet, taking in only milk and vegetables, and regained his health.
In 1724, he wrote an essay advocating exercise, fresh air, and avoiding luxurious food. Not much has changed in the last 200 years!
Low-fat, Low-Carb, Low-Calorie, oh my! There are more diets out there than we know what to do with. The information is overwhelming and full of half-truths.
Most, if not ALL women have been on a diet. Most, if not all women have had moments of self-hate. Dieting does NOT dissolve self-hate. Not for good, anyway.
There is a difference between eating intuitively and mindfully, and dieting.
Today we are going to discuss the psychology of dieting.
Restricting brings focus onto something. Even if you cannot have it, restriction will create thoughts about it. We want what we cannot have.
A more sustainable approach to food is enjoying it in moderation. And even more importantly, being honest about what moderation IS.
Diets are created to make money.
Statistics have shown 95% of diets fail. You are not meant to live your life painfully dancing around food.
So here are the bigger questions you want to weigh in on:
How does food help you cope?
What does food give you in life that you are not receiving?
Are you lonely?
Do you have a supportive relationship?
Are you happy with your career?
What does food do for you?
Imagine we remove the food… Now what are you dealing with?
Guess what? You are STILL dealing with that thing,you are just growing your waistline while doing it.
This might seem very obvious, but:
Food does not fix feelings.
Diets do not fix feelings.
Of those 95% of diets that fail, most people gain the weight back – and then some.
Another misconception about dieting is that with our image improving, we feel better. Yes this is true. One does feel better when looking good, that’s a fact.
However, it is the details of the measures in which one took to get to said destination. In this case looking good came by depriving. This still falls in the category of self-harm; plus it is daunting and unrealistic to maintain (no part of this FEELS GOOD)!
You are far better off educating yourself on methods of self-control. You will gain more from slowly incorporating lifestyle changes. You will thrive from finding exercise you enjoy. You will feel good looking back and knowing you made sustainable change.
Change is a subtle slow approach. Anyone that promises you big results in small periods of time is not telling you the consequence.
Here is the big secret to change: Write your own rules. You have to be honest with yourself.
If you are eating treats every night, you are still eating sugar. If you are mixing up sweets and salts, you are still eating junk food. If you go to McDonald’s every day for lunch, you are still eating fast food every day. If you have the ability to omit your own truth… START THERE!
If you can’t be honest with yourself, or you lack the awareness to acknowledge what you are doing, then explore this. Your behaviour goes far beyond food, diets, and weight.