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Stop Dieting - Part 1

Posted on 29 May, 2015 at 3:05

What does this mean?

Stop dieting, stop failing, stop putting on weight. Say no to dieting.

Its time to take back control of your beautiful body.

Dieting does not work, in fact you end up heavier after you return to your way of eating. Yet why is it that over half of the adult population are on a diet at any one time?

As food is more readily available and fast food in particular is easy on your pocket and your time, the population get heavier and heavier. As the pounds start to go on a little bit at a time, we go in search of a diet.

Diets are designed to guide you to weight loss, so why is it that we end up coming off a diet and put weight back on?

We are coming at this all wrong. The first step is not to find a diet and off you go. The first step is actually to identify what you are eating and how do you eat?

Do you follow restrictive plans then as your emotions change binge? Or is it that you never feel full and overeat? Perhaps you are so busy that you do not have the time to prepare home cooked meals so you eat out all the time?

Recognising how you eat and when and what you eat is what deserves your attention. Dieting does not allow for you to fully respond to your lifestyle and emotional ups and downs.

Take dieting out of the equation and focus on becoming an expert on yourself and your eating habits. If you can make just one change to begin with, make it one that is important to you. Choose one that is easy to follow, what might that be?

What conversation do you have with yourself and your body after you have put on some weight? Is it critical and judgemental, raining negative punishing thoughts down on your beautiful body? Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just cut off your stomach or have the fat sucked out of your legs? As you reject and turn on your body, you feel bad about yourself. This is a major reason listed by dieters for a catalyst for binging.

When a toddler is learning to walk do you scream and shout and say come on you lazy child get walking or you won’t get a cuddle for the rest of the day? No you do not, the child would be traumatized. Instead you kneel down in front of them and put your arms out smiling and saying encouraging words to come towards you. This works.

In the same way, if you want to get healthier and get your body feeling and looking better than ever, negative judgemental comments encourage you to eventually give up with the word failure looming in front of you. The dieting journey is based on negativity and judgement. When you have a slip up while dieting, you judge this from a personal perspective and believe you are a failure. When in fact, diets are designed to fail. 95% of diets fail.

Move away from dieting, focus on getting to know yourself and how you use food. As you discover your way of eating, be gentle loving and kind.


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