Has Dieting Become Part of Who You Are? Are you Addicted to Chronic Dieting?
Are you addicted to chronic dieting? Has dieting become part of who you are? Everywhere you turn, you see advice on how to lose weight. You see tried and true diets touted from the front covers of magazines. Fad diets are heralded as the next new weight loss miracle.
You see these things because we live in a diet culture. If you put twenty people together in a room, the majority of them will have been on a diet or are currently on a diet. Dieting has become the new normal. As a result, it has become part of who you are; part of your “normal”.
Most people don’t realize how narrow their world has become when it comes to dieting. They don’t understand that they’re simply trying another diet because they haven’t taken a step back and looked at the big picture.
If you’re someone who is a chronic dieter, it means that you have spent untold years trying one diet after another. You might think it’s no big deal to live the kind of life where you focus on dieting. What you don’t realize is that your life can be overtaken by focusing on one diet after another. You can become so obsessed with counting the calories and obsessing over food that it restricts your life.
You can focus on chronic dieting to the extreme point that foods are identified as good or bad. People who are chronically dieting will often fail to see that their weight loss goals aren’t normal. Instead, when they decide to lose weight, they have a magical number in mind that they want to reach.
It doesn’t matter to them if that number is wrong for their bone structure or if that weight isn’t realistic for them. They are linking their self worth and their happiness to that number. Anything less than that reaching that magical number is failure in their minds.
This approach sets you up to fail at one diet and turn right around and start another. It can also cause you to consider and in some cases, get involved in fad diets that can damage your health.
When it comes to chronic dieting, some people mistakenly believe that if they “fall off the wagon”, they’re technically not dieting. During this time where they don’t see themselves as dieting, the past food deprivation feelings kick in and they will often binge eat what they didn’t allow themselves to have before.
If you’re someone who engages in chronic dieting, it means that your diets are open ended. You don’t set your focus on an end goal that is realistic and includes enough time to get to that goal in a healthy manner. You just keep dieting hoping to reach a number that will give you inner happiness.
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC