“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” - Albert Einstein
Have you ever gone on a diet only to gain all the weight back again?
If you answered yes, please know that you are not alone…
As I was growing up, I struggled with food and dieting for almost ten years, which resulted in me gaining 60 pounds and losing much of my self confidence.
It is widely accepted that ‘95% of all diets fail’, which means that over time diets result in long term weight gain and lowered self esteem.
And yet despite these alarming statistics, 4 out of every 10 people in the United Kingdom are permanently on some form of diet!
In today’s article, I want to take a closer look at the problems associated with the dieting habit...
Reason #1: Dieting doesn’t address the real problem.
The reason why the dieting approach has such a high failure rate is because it focuses upon the wrong issues.
No amount of calorie counting, portion control and mindless exercise can resolve the inner issues relating to a woman’s (or man's) body image, self-esteem, intimate relationships or family life.
Now while I agree that diet and exercise have an important role to plan in the weight loss journey, what I have discovered is that if you focus on them (to the exclusion of the other important aspects of weight loss and healing) you will almost certainly end up more overweight than when you began.
On my own weight loss healing journey, the ‘eat less and exercise more’, was never able to yield the long-term results that I was searching for.
And, I know that this holds true for many other people, as well.
Reason #2: Dieting is a cycle of self-abuse.
Dieting is a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive approach to losing weight.
The ‘dieting cycle’ is a highly sophisticated one that few manage to break out of. It has been purposefully engineered by corporations who have a vested interest in keeping us feeling stuck, confused and overweight.
The yo-yo dieting cycle was an emotional roller coaster for me filled with deprivation, desire, frustration, guilt, anger, embarrassment and shame.
You can tell the quality of any relationship simply by the way that it makes you feel about yourself. For most women this relationship to dieting is a loathsome one.
Breaking free of the dieting mentality is like leaving an abusive job or relationship. When you leave it behind, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
The one thing that I couldn’t see at the time was that dieting was a regime that I had inflicted upon myself.
And ultimately I was the one who needed to make the choice to change and do something different.
Reason #3: Dieting makes you gain weight.
For women (and men) wanting to lose weight, it often appears that the only option is to go on a diet. But, dieting typically results in weight gain, creating the opposite effect of what they originally wanted.
This happens due to the restrictive nature of dieting.
When you deprive your body of adequate nutrition it becomes vulnerable to variable energy, sickness and disease.
The dieting approach can interfere with your body’s natural cycles.
To create health it is important to eat regularly to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Dieting is a flawed model, in need of revolution.
The dieting approach is a deeply flawed model in need of revolution.
The important thing to realize - is that there is an alternative.
‘Ditching your dieting mentality’ frees you from the feelings of deprivation, desire and guilt.
This can be a very conscious process and a deep act of self-love. It will enable you to create a healthy relationship with food, your body and your self.
When you ditch the dieting mentality you open the doorway to internal peace, freedom and kindness.
You deserve to live a life free from self-punishment and attack. It is a gift that only you can give yourself.
Taking a healing approach to losing weight is the break-through that you have been searching for! Ditching my dieting mentality enabled me to lose over 60 pounds and keep it off for good.
In the process, I radically transformed my own life.
I know that if you follow the healing approach to losing weight that is contained within my first book called Losing Weight is a Healing Journey that you can lose weight naturally and permanently, too.
And, now, it's over to you...
Please do leave a comment below sharing your experience with restrictive diets, dieting and deprivation... I look forward to connecting with you soon and hearing your stories...