If you're struggling to lose weight and you keep finding yourself turning to diets because you don't know what else to do, you've got to stop it! The psychological and emotional implications of dieting are profound and often create an imbalance mentally and physically; especially if you struggle with emotional eating or bing eating. Yes, there are some people who can sail through diets, just like they enjoy being told to do 100 burpies, but that’s definitely not me and certainly not the norm for emotional eaters.
If you struggle with emotional eating, and you just can't seem to diet, you are not crazy or lack will-power – you are NORMAL. Diets suck the life and energy out of you and put weight on you all at the same time.
Here are five reasons you should stop dieting this minute….
1. Your Body Is UniqueMost diets focus on a global eating plan for everyone. I remember doing a cleanse and on that cleanse I was told to avoid sugar dairy, gluten, wheat, EVERYTHING – yet I could have eggs and almonds. Come to find out I’m allergic to eggs and almonds and they actually don’t work well for my body. By following that plan, I was doing a fair amount of harm. When a diet tells you precisely what to eat, you have to wonder if it's in the best interest of your body.I encourage you to begin tuning into the wisdom and brilliance of your body so you can determine what foods make it feel amazing, what foods energize you and keep you focused and what foods break you down and steal your energy from you. Then YOU can decide what you want in your body – not a diet.
2. Diets Dishonor What We Desire Most –
Freedom!Most women who hire me as their coach are successful women who value freedom, options and choice in their lives and with food. Diets are the exact opposite of that! If you value freedom and choice, then diets simply crush your inner spirit by taking food options away.
3. You'll Gain It Back…and Then Some Diets don't work for over 95% of people so most likely, when you end your diet, your weight will come running for your hips, thighs and tummy. Why? Because you don't get to the source of why you’re struggling with weight and turning to food. For emotional eaters and binge eaters especially, weight gain is typically about love and protection. When you begin to address your needs in an emotional fashion and focus your attention on the life you desire, your body will shift naturally.
4. If you go ON, you will go OFF If you’ve lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks by drinking only lemon water and chewing on celery sticks, how can you realistically maintain that? Cleanses, 12 day elimination diets and such mean that if you’re “ON” something, then most likely your brain will crave you going “OFF” of it at some point. Programs that focus on longer term lifestyle changes are much better because then you get to make the decision to go on and stay on and if it's something that works for your mind and body, you will keep it up! Anything you have to go on, means you will have to come off of, and that usually translates to added weight.
5. Diets are depriving in nature.
Sadly, dieting is often the cause of weight gain because they are depriving in nature and set you up to obtain the ‘good food’ and ‘bad food’ mentality which leads. When we feel ‘bad' about ourselves for eating certain foods, then we take it out on ourselves by eating. It's a vicious cycle and it's just another reason why I despise diets.
6. Dieting takes the enjoyment out of food. As an emotional or binge eater, you derive great pleasure from eating. By putting tons of rules on one of your favorite things takes all the fun and enjoyment. Food is meant to be enjoyed WHEN you’re hungry so as long as you’re listening to hunger, honoring YOUR body and eating foods that your body and mind love, there’s just no good reason to diet.I'd love to hear your thoughts on dieting….