Signs that you are a chronic dieter
Signs that you are a chronic dieter, that you are firmly in the grip of diet culture and that you have probably yo-yo'ed more times in your life than you care to admit:
- starting again on Monday or in the new year
- tracking EVERYTHING you eat
- being lured in by what diet is trending at the moment
- always buying the latest diet book or magazines
- always wanting to know what people eat or what is working for them.
- always wanting to know what diet people are on, example you see a friend who lost weight and now you want to do exactly what she is doing because what works for her should work for you, right?
- always telling people you are off track, fell of the wagon or lost your way but that this is the year/season you will get back on track and lose the weight once and for all
- measuring your success in life by your current size
- always restricting in some way by cutting out certain foods or complete macro nutrients (there are only 3 by the way)
- always comparing your body to other women's bodies
- always knowing exactly what you weigh
- defining your weeks into good and bad days
- striving to eat clean during the week and then succumbing to a binge for the entire weekend
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I was a pro at yo-yo dieting for most of my adult life. There is literally not a diet in this world that I haven't tried. New rules, new plans. Did any of them ever bring me lasting results? Of course not. Yet I would repeat this vicious cycle for many many years because I believed the problem was me, I was the one who didn't have the willpower or strength of character to withstand temptation and see things through. It was always my fault and after each diet I would hate myself even more. If dieting worked, there would be no fat people around because I don't know of ANY overweight person who has never been on a diet. In fact the only people I know who has never dieted are people who has never had any weight issues, the ones we refer to as being naturally thin. Yet we keep at it even though we have all the evidence that it doesn't work. It flies in the face of logic. Not so?
Diet plans don't address one key factor for successful lifelong fat loss - habitual and behavioural change. Being told what to eat may provide short term weight loss success, but unless you learn, understand and practice the fundamentals of healthy eating, you'll revert to your eating habits that got you where you were in the first place.
Since diets don't work anyway, why not give yourself a break and just stop doing them!? There are many ways to get in touch with your body and learn to understand your hunger and fullness cues. By eating intuitively and becoming mindful of how your body feels after eating, when it is asking for food and what kind of food is satisfying at different times of the day or week is crucial in developing a healthy relationship with food. If you want to find out more about this way of living and healing your body (and mind!) come back often to read my musings.