A couple of questions I am asked by my clients are “do diets work?” and “how can I stop sabotaging my weight loss?”
First things first. There is no, single diet that works for everyone.
If it was, there would only be one diet, right?
Typically, when we hear the word “diet” we conjure up images of a long list of foods we have to avoid.
That’s because this is how most “diets” work.
Here is the Problem With ‘Diets’
You know them, they are the latest fads to hit the media!
But ANY restrictive diet will have a yo-yo effect. When you deprive your body of the nutrition it needs, it keeps track.
Once you go off the so-called diet, your body knows what it was lacking and your willpower is just no match. Again, it’s NOT your fault.
This is why diets don’t work long-term, not to mention the damage that can be done to your health with overly restrictive diets. If only we knew this years ago!
Most diets and meal plans are not meant to be long term.
What happens When You Try to Follow a Super Restrictive Eating Plan?
When we try to follow a super restrictive eating plan, many things can – and do – go wrong.
✔️ stick to it like you are supposed to (because we are human and we have lives!)
✔️ follow it perfectly (but it becomes too strict for too long)
✔️ you do the plan for a while but don’t really enjoy it so it is not sustainable long term
We tend to want to believe we can sign up for a programme or go on a diet and still eat whatever we want, even though we know that hasn’t worked in the past.
And then when it doesn’t work, we like to vilify the diet or program because we don’t want to ask ourselves the hard questions as to why we are not seeing the results that we want.
So we blame the diet when we don’t lose weight.
And Then We Hop On To The Next Diet
If you are relying on a diet to provide you with the exact nutrition plan for your complex body and emotions and you don’t have any input into that decision-making, then you are relying on something external.
External reliance can actually disconnect you from the wisdom of your own mind and body.
So, stop jumping from diet to diet.
Let’s find what works for your unique body and is sustainable.
Ask yourself… “Could I eat this way next month? Next year?”
It has to be sustainable, otherwise it won’t last.
But most diets and meal plans are typically not sustainable long term.
And let’s be real for a second…
Changing how we eat is hard.
But if we want to make a lasting change, we need to stop blindly following the latest diets and start understanding our own unique bodies, how we feel about food, and which foods are actually beneficial to us.
If you are interested in learning more and would like to discover the right path for you, leave a “yes” in the comments and I will send you more details – also happy to hop on a 30-min call to answer any questions!