How To Break Up With Dieting For Good
I don't believe in diets. I don't believe in them being successful. And I don't believe restriction and deprivation are the answer. Results can be achieved in other ways. And I bet that you'll end up actually feeling happy, fulfilled, and, YES, inspired and empowered versus depleted, emotionally and physically hungry, and lost. It's been proven in multiple studies that diets backfire—because not only do 95 percent of all diets fail, but 30 to 60 percent of people end up regaining any weight they lost plus more.
What's really needed is the perfect combination of body empowerment, learning how to heal your complicated relationship with food—any woman who's ever been on a diet will need to do this—and learning how to achieve your results in an actual balanced, intuitive, and nutritionally sound way. Cutting out major food groups, meal skipping, body shaming, cheat meals, the concept of eating healthy for a certain amount of days per week—all need to go. For good. You deserve so much better!
Many women blame themselves or their 'willpower' when it comes to 'failing' at their diet. But the truth is that failure is built right into the diet. Your willpower has absolutely nothing to do with it. In fact, I'm pretty sure someone made that entire concept up to make us feel like something is wrong with us if we can't avoid carbs (a key food group needed for energy, balanced hormones, and brainpower) for the rest of our lives.
Unfortunately there is a premise within our society that tells females that our bodies are 'wrong' from day one. We're either too thin, too curvy, not curvy enough in the right places, and the list goes on and on and on. Furthermore, as women in Westernized societies, we're taught to believe, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." News flash—if you haven't yet experienced it or guessed it for yourself, this never works. If you try to beat yourself up into changing, you'll only find yourself feeling exactly that way once you reach the end of your journey—beat up and battered.
I remember a friend asking me, "Are you on a diet?" My response? "Always!" I was a chronic fad dieter because no one had ever taught me how to maintain a balanced weight or achieve weight loss any other way. Emotional eating and the vicious cycle of deprivation, bingeing, and self-loathing were normal for me. The idea that a balanced diet could free me of my struggles wasn't even on my radar.
I once read a quote that said something along the lines of: What if you wake up and you're 75 years old and you never did all of the things you wanted to do. You never swam in the French Riviera because you were embarrassed by your thighs, never pursued your dreams in business because you never felt worthy, spent so many minutes of your life trying not to give in to that slice of pizza or bowl of ice cream? You'll regret it, you'll be kicking yourself that dieting and losing weight became your life's work.
My mission is to show women that they can claim their freedom back and live a confident life full of vitality.
You are unique.
You see, each one of us is different. No one diet works for everyone, and the concept that it does is actually ridiculous. You have to learn how to develop a healthy lifestyle that empowers and inspires YOU specifically on a daily basis. When you switch from "I have to" or "I should" to "I want to" or "I could" everything changes. You're creating an intense, powerful form of self-respect, and the more self-respect you have the easier your healthy choices will feel and be to maintain for life.
Picture this: You've changed your mindset about food and your body. Each day, you wake up and feel confident in your skin. You look forward to having an energizing breakfast made up of natural, real food that creates beauty from the inside out. You are no longer using exercise as punishment for everything your body isn't, and instead you are moving your body from a place of love to support it for everything that it does to keep you alive and well.
Food as pleasure.
Labeling foods as 'good' and 'bad', creates the idea in your mind that indulgences are 'cheating'. You can enjoy your favorite chocolate because you know allowing this indulgence into your routine is necessary for you mentally, and you're more than confident in this choice. However, you can happily eat one or two pieces and feel totally fulfilled without needing to gorge on the whole bar.
Making these changes are where the big results happen. This is where you finally rid yourself of the guilt, shame, and anxiety around food. This is where you lose weight for good and can finally feel and become the best version of yourself. You can do this.
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