Why Diets Just CAN’T Work……

I am AGAINST dieting for weight loss.

Why?  So many reasons, so little space….

Diets only work in the short term

You can certainly lose weight on a diet!  BUT……..

Dr Nicole Hawkins, clinical researcher from the Centre for Change, states that: “95% of people who lose weight on a diet will regain it and on average 10 % more in 1 to 5 years”.

This can lead to a restriction/ binge cycle with constant yo yo dieting playing absolute havoc with our metabolism!

Fad Diets like the ‘clean eating’ diet can be harmful

Often fad diets can leave out essential nutrients and can lead to unhealthy eating patterns.  As soon as the diet is over, you automatically revert back to your old way of eating and the binge/ diet cycle continues….

Dieting can lead to eating disorders

Clinical psychologist Meg Sellig wrote the following in Psychology Today:

,”We’ve seen many eating disorders begin with people who are overweight trying to get healthy by dieting. According to one source, people who diet are 8 times as likely to develop an eating disorder as people who don’t.”

Obviously the reasons a person develops an eating disorder are often complex and varied, but daily weighing for example can encourage a skewed approach to eating in general.

Advertising agencies play on our insecurities and create ‘flaws’ for us to fix

Beware of so called ‘magic’ skinny teas, cellulite creams, metabolism boosting protein balls or detox smoothies that ‘encourage’ weight loss!  They really don’t work and are always presented with the caveat:

these may contribute to weight loss in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle’.

There is NO wrong way to have a body. You do NOT have to keep ‘fixing’ and ‘improving’. Avon were recently accused of body shaming after they released the following advert for anti-cellulite cream.

Jameela Jamil tweeted:

‘Everybody is beautiful, unless they have any “flaws” I guess. What a gross abuse of the body positive movement.

‘I want you all to look out for this constant manipulation. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. It’s everywhere. You are constantly being manipulated to self hate.”

Where’s the pleasure in eating?

Lisa from My Body Positive says the following:

“I know that we are bombarded with messages that say we have to look a certain way to be happy but it’s not true.There is a REAL alternative to obsessing over food choices, your weight and your diet and it involves learning to think about things differently.  Your relationship with food and yourself can change dramatically. No more guilt, no more self-loathing. Just trusting your body. Because you can manage this yourself. “

My gorgeous friend Claudine and I are running a food freedom and body confidence workshop on 25th January,  where we will attempt to let go of the “shoulds” in our self-talk; around how we think of ourselves, how we eat, how we move. Dieting is not the only option, moving our bodies should be for fun and fitness, not punishment. Come and join us at our small workshop and start a conversation about how we can have a choice around these things. 💖