Dieting. What a controversial topic. I feel most people do not want to be associated with dieting. Even though some people have this awareness that dieting is unhelpful and harmful, they still diet because they do not know what else to do or how else to behave.
There is a growing trend where dieting behaviours or dieting programs are hidden in amongst what were once innocent, well meaning words.
Healthy eating, clean eating, low CARBS, low fat, lifestyle change…
That’s right, people eating in the above way are often dieting.
To help you understand the differences between the traditional weight centered dieting paradigms and non-dieting weight neutral paradigm see the table below:
|Weight Centered Dieting Paradigm||Non-Dieting Weight Neutral Paradigm|
|Inflexible eating patterns||Flexible eating patterns|
|Fixing body mentality||Celebrating body mentality|
|Focused on weight/weight loss||Focused on health (Nourishment and pleasure via positive eating and lifestyle behaviour changes)|
|Fear driven||Trust driven|
|External diet plans or food & eating rules||Internal connection with appetite and intuition.|
|Feelings of inadequacy||Feelings of being enough|
|Restriction and deprivation of food||Abundance of food|
|Chaotic feeling||Calm feeling|
|Fearing failure||Relieved and hopeful|
|Unhealthy preoccupation with food and body||Balanced body and mind|
|Guilt and shame||Freedom|
What jumped out for you when reading this list? Are you dieting still or are you working on non-dieting?