We’re told they’ll be the answers to our problems/prayers. “Just try this new diet where you only eat 700 calories a day in the form of rice cakes and steam, and you’ll lose a million pounds and look like a supermodel. You’ll also get that promotion you want and Channing Tatum will ask you out.”
The stats show that dieting doesn't work. Yes, you may be able to lose weight in the short term on any number of diets, but almost 90% of people who lose weight on a diet will regain it in 1-5 years.
It also becomes harder and harder to stick to a diet as time goes on. The deprivation of a strict diet can lead to a frustrating cycle of dieting followed by binging.
In addition, this deprivation is inherently unhealthy and can actually signal to your body that it's in danger of starvation and slow your metabolism.
While diets can be exciting and make you feel powerful in the beginning, they soon begin to suck the life out of you.
You say no to activities with friends because you don’t know if there will be anything there you can eat, and you don’t trust yourself around chips.
You spend all your time at work looking up low cal recipes on Pinterest.
You try to pay attention when your mom calls, but you’re actually thinking about how many almonds you’re allowed to eat for your next snack.
You don’t have as much time for doing the things you love, because you’re too busy meal prepping chicken breast + steamed broccoli.
It gets harder and harder to stick to until eventually, you crack. You eat ALL the Nutella while hiding in your kitchen, hoping no one will walk in and catch you.
And you feel like shit about it too. If only you were stronger and had more willpower, you’d be able to stick to it. You promise yourself you’ll do better next time (as you polish off your third bag of Doritos).
Trust me, I’ve been there.
You don’t have to live like this, stuck in a perpetual diet/binge cycle, always trying to lose those last 10 pounds.
By ditching toxic diet culture that’s making us miserable (and actually less healthy), you can break up with your diet, learn to eat like a normal human, and enjoy your life again.
Don’t you want to be able to focus on the things that bring you joy instead of spending all your time counting points?