Did you? Well done if you did. Did you keep it off? Well done if you answered yes (why are you here?) Are you planning to lose weight by dieting and restricting yourself again this year (be honest…)?
Dieting is the number one way that people choose to try to lose a little bit of weight but it really is the least effective way of doing it.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say, ‘Oh, yes I’ve gone back to [insert well-known diet club name] because it worked for me last time’. Did it? So why are you going back again?Are we really all resigned to yo-yo dieting for the rest of our lives. Is our definition of success that we lose a bit and then gain it all plus a bit more and end up back on the diet again? Or are we still being brainwashed into thinking that it is the norm to lose weight and keep it off if we diet and therefore it’s us that failed and not the diet?
There is another way.
Most of my clients come to me with
- full knowledge of what constitutes a healthy diet
- children, whom they feed a healthy diet
- a long history of weight losses and gains on various numbers of diets
- a whole lot of emotional baggage around food
- a broken relationship with food
Believe it or not, if you are unhappy with your body size or looking to become more healthy and want to do that by losing weight the aim is to lose weight and keep it off. Forever. Permanently. Full stop. You can not achieve that by going on a diet and thinking you will eat all the foods you are yearning for when you get to your target / goal / ideal weight.
You have to understand that you have to change your relationship with food. You have to understand that you need to change the foods you yearn for and crave without feeling deprived. You have to learn that there is no good or bad food, only food. You have to relax around food.
The thing that is stopping you is not lack of willpower, it’s not that you didn’t plan your meals or you didn’t fill up on pointless, bland food. It’s that you don’t believe in your ability to lose weight. Start believing in yourself, fine tune your mind and don’t go back on the diet, ever.