Deep down we all know diets don’t work.
But that doesn’t mean those sneaky tempting diet thoughts don’t creep in from time to time. I mean diets promise us so much, right? It’ll be easy, you’ll get fast results, you’ll be more confident, you’ll be happy.
A couple of years ago when I gained a stack of weight and finally finally realised that diets don’t work (thanks body for getting my attention), I decided to completely ditch them. I promised myself I would embark on finding and understanding balanced, relaxed, normal eating.
But it wasn’t as easy as I thought. A month or two later I found myself completing a strict 30 day clean eating challenge. When it was over and I was upset I hadn’t lost ‘enough’ weight, another light bulb went off. I’d let dieting sneak back into my life without even realising.
We live in a diet and weight-loss obsessed culture. There are new bikini body programs popping up left, right and centre. Magazines are continuously promising to spill celebrity diet secrets on ‘how they got their body back’, just so we can too. Not to mention the latest superfood discovery that we MUST add to our pantry if we want a flat tummy.
The most haunting part of all of this is that when the diet predictably fails, WE BLAME OURSELVES. It breaks my heart.
Diets are designed for short term success and long term failure. You get a quick high followed by a crashing low.
Have you ever wondered why the diet industry is booming?
- The media says you need to look a certain way to be successful, happy and worthy. (And since you’re surrounded by it, it gets nicely embedded in your subconscious.)
- A diet seems like the royal road to weight loss which means the royal road to happiness, right?
- You diet and lose weight.
- You finish the diet and the weight comes back on.
- You blame yourself for not having enough ‘willpower’ or ‘control’.
- You go on another diet and promise yourself this time will be different.
- (It’s not different this time.)
I can’t tell you how many times I have been through that cycle. The only way to get off the hamster wheel is to get off. To stop dieting. To have a little trust in your body.
Diets don’t work.
Repeat failures means repeat customers, and that’s why the diet industry is booming.
To ditch diets with all of your heart in the diet and weight-loss obsessed world we live in, you have to remind yourself that on a regular basis.
You need to know that you were not born to lose weight. That is not your life purpose.
+ Build your awareness on how much we are bombarded by diets and weight-loss advertising.
+ Unfollow social media accounts that make you feel bad about yourself.
+ Start following ones that make you feel good about yourself.
+ Listen to your body’s wisdom.
+ Eat to feel truly good.
+ Move your body in a way you love.
+ Ask yourself why you want to diet? What will controlling your weight give you? Whatever it is, give it to yourself now.
Most importantly, remind yourself that happiness is a choice, not a result of getting skinny.