• Lauren Dyche

Diets Don't Work

I always get so fired up when I read or hear that someone I know is "starting a new diet". I hate to break it to everyone here, but diets don't work. SAY WHAAAT?! I know, here me out. I remember hearing this for the first time and immediately getting super pissed and asking things like, "Why wasn't this taught in school?" and "What do you mean this healthy cookie is 2 separate servings?" It boggles my mind how blindly we trust the food industry and the media for the right way to nourish our body and soul. I get it team, I was just like you, reading all the books, scrolling through Instagram and investing blindly into healthy trendy diet foods that were marketed as healthy. We are bombarded with messages and images from the media that advertise quick fix's with false promises of weight loss, but what they don't tell you is that you are potentially loosing more than just pounds around your mid section. When we sacrifice our relationship with ourselves to fit into society's idea of "thin" or "healthy" we loose so much of the things that bring joy into our life.

One of the biggest reasons diets don't work is it is a temporary change, not a lifestyle. Most people diet and see results and quit or have a cheat day or fall off the wagon and return to their prior eating habits. When that happens, 95% of dieter gain back the weight they "lost" or gain back even more from over eating or binging. People think diets are a all or nothing mentality and to be honest, that's a mindset that leads to failure. No one can be all in all the time. It's also overwhelming. Learning to eat differently, watching portion control, learning new recipes, meal prepping, planning, etc. is a lot to do and learn all at once! Give yourself a reality check friend. Diets can't be all or nothing.

Another reason diets don't work is because people are depleting their bodies of food they may or may not need. If someone told me that I needed to cut all caffeine from my life, I could do it, but I would be unhappy because my once a day Cup of Joe makes me happy and brings me a sense of ritualistic comfort. Depriving your body of a food you love is just mean. Let's be real here folks, people loose a bunch of weight when they go on diets, because they stopped eating fast food and convenience foods for a short amount of time. It doesn't take a rocket science to figure that one out. It's not a diet that causes people to loose weight, its limiting sugars and processed foods and making healthier portion and food choices.

Diets also don't account for life. Food brings people together. We share time with friends and family over food. It cultivates a sense of community. Diets that say you can only consume their products, or only eat certain foods and meals at certain time are kinda like that really rude family member or friend that expects everyone to accommodate them and their needs. Life happens, you will be at a party or out to dinner with friends and want to eat with the people you are sharing the experiences with. Deprivation for the sake of a diet is one terrible way to look at dieting, but missing out on memories and events with the one's you love, that's just crazy! Im just saying, diet literally has the word DIE in it, and I know missing experiences with loved one sounds like the death of my soul. There's also a reason people chant the slogan coffee or DIE!

There is hope out there folks! If anything, my husband and I like to think that lifestyle changes are pretty much common sense once you take the time to get informed and start with small measurable changes. Small changes make for lasting lifestyle changes. You have to remember that no one knows your body better than you. When you clean out all the processed crap and start eating cleaner and better options, you may discover food intolerances you were confusing for bloating and over eating. You may also realize that your cravings weren't for food, but rather a coping strategy for stress and anxiety. The easiest way to loose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle is just to commit and start. Start with something small and measurable. There is no reason to "go all in" on something new. Give yourself the grace and chance to start in small steps. You wouldn't sign up to participate in an a Iron Man Marathon with zero training or practice, and creating a new healthy lifestyle is no different. Start with a small change this week. Perhaps you want to drink 1/2 your body weight in water or move your body for 30 minutes once a day. Maybe you want to meditate or pray for 3 minutes a day, or take up a daily gratitude or journalling practice. Small changes compound over time. A mountain used to be a grain of sand once you know!

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