Not Because of What You Think or What You Have Been Told
Dieting Distracts Us from Consuming Foods We Really Need
Dieting is a common problem faced by many in our society. Dieting is a problem because it takes you away from your innate ability to trust and care for yourself.
People often start dieting because they believe there is something wrong with their body or life, and think dieting will improve it.
Dieting occurs when you restrict, control or deprive yourself of food, whether physically or mentally, with the purpose of changing your body’s shape, size or weight.
How does dieting distract us?
Dieting negatively impacts lives.
People stop trusting themselves. They follow diet rules because it feels simple and safe, to begin with, however, dieting becomes harder to maintain as people feel restricted and deprived, and find themselves not living life the way they envisioned.
Time, energy and money are used in attempting to change the body as the belief is held that the body is not ok the way it is. Not beautiful enough. Not healthy enough.
This distraction is a waste of time as the body’s appearance is largely predetermined by DNA.
Dieting distracts people from enjoying food. Dieting distracts people from life.
Is it a problem to be distracted?
Dieting causes weight concern, weight cycling, preoccupation with food and body, poor health outcomes as it disrupts normal metabolism and hormone production, nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition, anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
Being distracted in the above ways leads to not enjoying food or life.
Some dieting signs to look out for:
- Preoccupation with food and body.
- Calorie counting.
- Weighing food.
- Weighing yourself.
- Buying diet products or diet supplements.
Only you will know if you are distracted from dieting or if your relationship with food needs improving.
Non-Dieting Supports Us to Consume Foods We Really Need
Non-dieting is the solution to dieting. Non-dieting encourages people to trust their bodies, and listen and respond to their bodies, which leads to people choosing food they actually feel like for nourishment and pleasure.
Non-dieting is simply that, not dieting.
All people are supported to improve their self-esteem, body image and health in their current bodies, not when they reach a goal weight.
Intuitive eating is significant non-dieting skills which help people to reconnect with their body. Intuitive Eating is the natural way humans eat.
The following are observations from non-dieters after eating food they truly felt like:
- “Dieting creates stress and self-doubt. Leave dieting behind and you will have a lot less to worry about and you can get on with enjoying life.” B.Turner
- ”Dieting will make you gain more weight in the long run”. A. Skerman
- “Dieting – do I have a shake both morning and lunch?? Do I eat 6 small meals a day….dieting is confusing, what is the correct way! Sick of being confused. I want to focus on eating fresh wholesome foods and what works for me.” T. Pecko.
- “I ate a burger and chips without feeling guilty.” Client.
- “Intuitive eating is control without control. I’m in control without controlling anything.” Client.
- “I love how gentle this approach is. It’s not about self-discipline, which I am used to.” Client.
How to Eat Food You Truly Feel Like.
In 3 Simple Ways:
1. Accept and respect yourself as you are.
Stop trying to change your body with food and exercise. Stop with dieting and dieting behaviours.
View food and exercise as strategies to make you feel good and improve your health.
Your body does not have to change before your health and well-being improves.
2. Trust yourself.
You are so resourceful. Draw on your lived experiences and the skills and knowledge. Nobody knows you as well as you do.
3. Bring your awareness to what your body is telling you.
Experiment with responding appropriately to what your body is telling you.
E.g. If you are hungry, eat. If you are full, stop eating. If you feel like a sandwich, have a sandwich.
NB: The above 3 points may sound simple, however, can be challenging for chronic dieters. Know when to seek help from a non-dieting accredited practising dietitian or therapist. In the meantime, download the free guide ‘How to Stay Focused to Never Dieting Again’ by CLICKING HERE. This guide is will help you to eat food you truly feel like.