I am trying to blog each week but time just gets away so fortnightly it is… Todays topic is a big one. Fad diets. eeeekkkkkk… i’ve been there a few times!
One thing that i have really noticed and began to give some thought and study to is that fad diets come hand in hand with weight fluctuations, mood fluctuations, binge eating (often the bing eater is also a fad dieter, as they gain all this weight quickly and then get on a mission to lose it all) and also a not so consistent mental state.
These are all perfectly normal traits and common in a lot of women, particular younger adult women. Generally as soon as it is acknowledged that that all these things aren’t serving them (or working) and they really get fed up with the yo-yo of food fighting that they will get to the core of the problem.. and with the resolve of the problem, will come a healthy relationship with food a stable weight and a happier mind-set.
Everyone has their baggage. Everyone has stuff to deal with especially in their younger years. Often before healing has begun or negative belief systems have not been delved into and released or been replaced. Eventually wisdom starts to shine through. Prior to this transformation, eating is one tool females use to control their weight, comfort themselves, shove their emotions down, get slimmer (because then they will be happy right?) and the list of unhealthy food behaviours go on.
This is why Fad diets are so popular. because they play on emotional appeal. They fad diet marketing campaign basically says to your emotional self “do this fad diet and then you will be skinny and then you will be happy”.
but the fad dieter always end up telling you they are on another fad diet or quick fix two week or two months later.. and their weight never quite reaches what they want it to, or stays there for very long does it?
Now I have been there, yes I have and I can tell you this- someone with a healthy relationship with food does not do fad-diets. They don’t binge eat, they don’t comfort eat and their weight only fluctuates with the very conscious i am going to drink a little and live a little this month type attitude.
So stop the food fight and save your precious dollars! Stop trying quick fixes to lose weight. Stop starving yourself or ruling out every food group except 1. Start asking yourself what is making you adopt these behaviours and deal with that instead! Follow a very sensible eating plan, look after yourself with a healthy amount of exercise, and watch your body turn into something you are proud of.. and best of all watch your body stay that way month in and month out. Thats the best part!