Why Diets Don’t Live Up to Their Promises
Research has shown that 95% of diets fail and eating restraint is actually associated with weight gain over time. Not to mention, of those 5% who “succeed”, many of them are actually engaging in disordered eating behaviors. Our bodies literally can’t tell the difference between dieting and actual starvation. This leads to slowing of your metabolism and increased cravings. It’s not surprising that most diets result in weight cycling which is associated with increased mortality risk and inflammation. So WHY THE F**K is everyone so caught up in diet culture?!
Here’s why: the weight loss industry is worth over $60 billion dollars/year on the premise that you are “not okay” and need to be “fixed”. It’s interesting to think about it this way. The diet industry creates a problem by convincing you that you need to change your body. Then, they pretend to have the solutions to your “problem” (and they were the ones who created this fake problem!). Do you see now why diets literally make no sense?
If not, I’d encourage you to check out some of these amazing articles debunking popular diets:
- Does Intermittent Fasting Work? Could Going Without Do More for Your Health?
- The Dirty Truth Behind Juice Cleansing
- Low Carb or Healthy Carb? A Dietitian’s Experiences and Insights
- My thoughts on the ketogenic diet
- TO BE OR NOT TO BE GLUTEN FREE
- Why whole30 won’t help your relationship with food
What is The Diet Mentality?
The diet mentality is that sneaky voice in your head that tries to decide your food and exercise choices for you without factoring in your internal body cues like hunger, fullness and satisfaction. This doesn’t just mean “being on diet”; you can still be caught up in the culture of dieting even if you aren’t “on a diet”.
Here are some examples of how the diet mentality might show up for you:
- I can only have ___ calories per day
- I shouldn’t eat past ____ pm
- I am bad because I ate ____
- I can only eat “clean” foods
- I have to follow a schedule for when I eat my meals
- I can’t eat carbs because they are “bad”
- I can’t have ____ because it’s not healthy
Reject the diet mentality
Rejecting the diet mentality is a critical step in making peace with food and your body. First, it’s important to recognize how the diet mentality plays a role in your life. How much time and money do you spend thinking about your food and body? How does it affect other areas of your life like your relationships and mood? Once you are aware of these harmful beliefs, you can then take action to dismantle them.
What actions do you plan to take to reject the diet mentality? Let me know in the comments below!!
Read the next post in this Introduction to Intuitive Eating series: How to Make Peace with Food and Listen to Your Body.
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