Thinking about starting a new diet? Consider the following:
- Dieting won’t help you lose weight. Sure, in the short term, dieting can help you lose weight, but over time it is almost guaranteed that you will gain it back.
- Diets actually cause weight gain. Diets damage your body in such a way that it becomes easier to gain weight and harder to lose it with every new diet.
- Diets don’t improve your health. Long term studies show that diets don’t actually lead to better health outcomes.
- Diets lead to eating disorders. When diets don’t work, dieters become understandably desperate, often leading to anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.
- Dieting shortens your life span. Yo-yo dieting lowers your chance of living a long, healthy, and joyful life.
- Diets weren’t made for you. Your body is unique, so it’s just not possible for a generic diet to be accurately tailored to your body.
- Diets are distracting. Dieters spend so much time obsessing about what, when, and how to eat- not to mention guilt and regrets- that it’s hard to focus on anything else.
- Dieting causes overeating. When you don’t eat enough, your body thinks you are starving and starts sending out strong signals that urge you to eat as much as possible, as soon as possible.
- Diets ruin your ability to enjoy food. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy every bite of a luscious slice of chocolate cake or juicy burger without fear or guilt ruining the experience?
Next time you feel like dieting, think about what you really want. If you’re like most people, you want to feel loved, accepted, beautiful, healthy, and vibrant. A diet won’t give you any of these precious things, so spend your time and energy on activities that will!