DIETS I even hate the fact they are called diets. When you google ‘diet’ this is what comes up first “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” the second option that appears is “restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” which taints the whole word and how it should be used.
In order to to loose weight yes you have to take a look at your diet but the the first meaning of the word “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”. If your habits are poor and you have an unhealthy diet then you are going to struggle with living a healthy life and living in skin you feel comfortable in.
When did people replace the true meaning of diet with “to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.”. I mean how painful does that sound even reading that sentence makes me cringe. Why would you restrict yourself to small amounts of food in order to lose weight when instead you could change the food that you habitually eat. On this blog and site I will refer to diet often but it is so important that it is understood that diet is just a word that describes what a person eats not how little or restrictive the food intake is.
Why diets in the second sense don’t work.
First of they are exactly that restrictive – you can only deprive your body of food for so long and usually when we do this by the time we realise we can’t do it forever we blow out and then eat more than ever before.
Dieting doesn’t address the true issue. There is a reason in your life you are over eating or eating in an unhealthy way. This can range from eating because you are bored, unhappy with your current situation, you think you are eating in a healthy manner but really you are not, the list goes on. So yes you reduce your food intake you lose weight and then the second you stop it all comes back on again.
They don’t help you understand your body. Everyone’s body works differently, some people can process things other people can’t and its not til we understand this that we can truly build a diet (in the true meaning) that works for us long term.
The leave us feeling bad about ourselves and like we can not do it. Going a on restrictive diet is awful for your self esteem and confidence. Every time you fail – not because you fail but because it is unrealistic this tapes plays in your head that you can’t do it, your never going to be able to do it and the more you try dieting the more this gets cemented in your mind.
So lets just stop! Instead doesn’t figuring out what habits you have created in your life to get you to your current unhappy state and trying to change these in a positive way sound better. Doesn’t changing the way you habitually eat sound better than restricting yourself? Doesn’t learning what types of food your body works best with and being able to enjoy these and eat freely with no guilt sound better.
My mission is to help people understand this and help people realise that not only does a healthy diet help with weight but you will notice that you feel better in every sense. So enjoy the blog posts and the recipes and if you think you need that extra boost you can always contact me for a chat.
Happy healthy habitual eating 🙂