How to End the Diet Cycle
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Do you feel like you’re stuck in the diet cycle?
You get excited to start a new diet, have all your meals prepped and Marcos lined up and then you realize that you are restricting yourself from certain foods that seem to show up all over the place and you get hungry just looking at the food.
You end up feeling so deprived that you cave in to the cravings only to feel guilty about “falling off the wagon” AGAIN!
Does any of this sound familiar?
You end up frustrated and feeling like a failure and that you may never lose the weight and you even try to start AGAIN on Monday. How many Monday’s have there been for you? I know for me, there were quite a few.
What if You Took on a Different Approach?
What if you took on a non-diet approach? I know, it goes against everything we have been brainwashed to believe about weight loss but I promise you, it works in more ways than you might realize right now.
Getting rid of the diet mentality and switching up our mindset will leave all this guilt and “Falling off the wagon” behind. If we took on a more mindful/intuitive eating approach and started to accept our bodies we’d see a shift.
We won’t get very far with the negative self-talk, it’s time we started loving ourselves and end the diet cycle. We should not have to be so restricted of foods that we can’t even enjoy them and we look at them as a negative thing. Food is fuel and we should be able to enjoy what we are eating not stress over whether or not it will make the number on the scale go up by the end of the day.
How’s Your Relationship With Food?
I feel like we’re on this diet informational overload. There is so much information out there. Eat this, don’t eat that. “If I eat this will I go over on my macros?” It has ruined our relationship with food. I know when I was in this place of weighing and measuring everything, I started to look at food in a negative way.
Our relationship with food should come from a place of nutrition, not negativity or fear. We’ve bee taught to think that smaller is better and that just doesn’t work for everyone out there.
We need to start healing our relationship with food and find the nutritional path that works best for us as an individual. What works for some may not work for others. I work with my clients to find their path to wellness and they see great results.
Dismiss What Society Says
We have to dismiss what society says about our size and weight and break free from this diet mentality. It seems that we’re constantly working so hard at either keeping up with our diet, beating ourselves up for not doing better while we’re on the diet…OR we are telling ourselves that we SHOULD be on a diet. How’s that working for ya? It’s not!
If this is what society says works then why are we not feeling better? Why don’t we have more energy and why in the world are we still body shaming? We’ve totally lost the true meaning of HEALTH and instead put it in a number on the scale and a look.
Break Free of the Cycle
It’s time to regain our power and make peace with food and our bodies. Changing the mindset and getting in tune with YOUR body is step number one.
Here are my tips on how to break the diet cycle
Get rid of the damn scale…believe it or not, this is a negative influence if all you’re doing is stepping on the scale and getting pissed at what you see.
Eliminate “good food” “bad food” talk...I know, some foods have bad stuff in them but that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s the mentality that the “bad food” is restricted because it doesn’t fit the “diet rules”. Stop being the food police!
Know what true hunger and fullness are…Yep, I’m telling you to eat when you are hungry but know when you are full. If you’ve hit the numbers and you feel like you are hungry…eat! Nourish your body and honor your hunger.
Be aware of your feelings…Ditch the negative feeling towards foods.
Change the judgemental thoughts and stress about food…I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Food is fuel. If you choose good fuel for your body, you shouldn’t have feelings like this around it.
Focus on health…Listen to your body and do what is HEALTHY for you!
Consult an expert…There’s no shame in the game of asking for help. If you’re lost and don’t know where to start, reach out and ask someone.
At the end of the day, we have to realize this cycle is not doing us any good. Finding what works for you is what matters most. I always say it should be sustainable, healthy and sane!! No one should lose their sanity over this.
You should be able to feel good about your food choices without feeling deprived.
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