Most people assume that dietitians are all about diets...well not this one! Here are my top 7 reasons why you SHOULDN'T start that new diet or cleanse that your mums best friend lost 10lbs on last month...
1 - Diets are zero fun
I’m just gonna say it, I love food. It’s delicious! Warm cookies with cold milk...yum. Fresh out the oven bread….yaaas. Life is short, enjoy the cookie.
But diets will tell you that you can’t have any of THIS, definitely none of THAT, no cookies, no carbs, no wine, basically think of your favourite things to eat and it’s a no! I think food should be enjoyed, not binged on, or restricted but truly enjoyed without making you feel bad or guilty. Now maybe you’re thinking that weight loss shouldn’t be fun, that you don’t deserve to enjoy delicious food? You gained all this weight and now it’s going to be hard work to get it off? Well, that brings me to point number 2...
2 - Diets don’t even work!
Sure weight loss isn’t easy, in fact, it can be really freaking hard. It’s especially hard when what you’re doing to lose weight aka dieting, doesn’t even work. And in a twisted world, we seem to think that the harder the diet is to follow, the better the results will be.
Well, let me tell you...90% of people who lose weight from dieting re-gain that weight within two years. The majority of those people will actually gain more than they originally weighed. Let me ask you this; if diets work then why do we need new ones? There are new diets coming out all the time and the weight loss industry is growing. If diets worked, wouldn’t the industry be getting smaller? Yet here we are, in a diet-obsessed world and an ever-growing weight loss industry.
3 - Diets make you obsessssssed with food
I’m going to talk about this a loooot more because it’s one of the BIGGEST reasons why dieting doesn’t work and why it makes you miserable. Diets create divides between foods. There are those that are good, bad, make you gain weight or are healthy. Then it tells you to stay away from the bad foods. As soon as you are told, or tell yourself not to have something, that thing becomes the only thing that you want to have. Your mind takes over with thoughts of food, eating it, not eating it, waiting to eat it, just eating a little bit of it, eating a version of it that is ‘healthier’.
Another way diets make you obsessed with food is through tracking. Often diets will tell you to track what you eat, to count the calories and grams of sugar. Before you know it you won’t be able to be around food without mentally adding everything up in your head. I don’t know about you but I hate maths, and the thought of doing calculations every single time I eat, really takes the fun out of a doughnut, or even a “healthy meal”.
4 - Diets mess with your metabolism
Honestly, this one breaks my heart. Mainly because I see women after women who are soooo dedicated to following their diet and think that they are doing well and doing what is best for their body. But in the long run, they’re actually just ruining their metabolism. This then makes them gain that weight back quickly the second that they fall off their diet. Now fixing your metabolism isn’t impossible, no one is too far gone. But the longer you diet, the harder and longer the process is going to be.
5 - Diets make you feel bad about yourself
Diets have this way of making you blame yourself when it all goes wrong. When you fall off your diet, you’ll feel like you are the one that’s failed. You’ll think about the 2 or 3 people you know that were “successful” on it and assume that because it worked for them, the problem has to be you. You’re not strong enough, you’re not disciplined, you have no self-control… then you feel bad about yourself and you go HARDER next time. In reality, it’s not you that is the problem, it’s the diet. You might be able to look at 2-3 people who the diet has worked for, but I guarantee there are hundreds more who it didn’t work for and feel just like you.
6 - Diets focus on calories instead of nutrients, and weight instead of health.
Most diets focus on calories and weight. Because yes you have to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. However, there is SO much more to health than just your weight and so much more to nutrition than just calories. What is the point in being your “ideal weight” if your blood pressure is high, you’re pre-diabetic and your cholesterol sucks? Food is so much more than calories, it’s even more than it’s nutrients, it’s comforting, it’s social, it hits our senses. We’re selling ourselves short and missing out on so much by focusing just on calories.
7 - Diets steal your time, thoughts and energy.
So many of my clients come to me because they are so exhausted with trying to lose weight. They are consumed with thoughts of calories, foods to avoid, when they can eat, how much to eat, how long to wait until they are allowed to eat. They are confused, frustrated and exhausted, they just want to throw in the towel. When you’re on a diet you are usually thinking about it ALOT. A study at Cornell University found that we make over 200 food-related decisions a day. That is about 13 an hour, 2 every 10 minutes. If you’re on a diet, it’s more than that! What if you replaced those food thoughts with something that mattered more? What could you achieve if you weren’t thinking about food every 5 minutes?
Breaking up with dieting isn't easy but it IS possible and it IS worth it. If you want help to heal your relationship with food and find the freedom that you're longing for. Get in touch today and we'll get you started on your journey together.