“Diet” is a Four Letter Word
Diet is a four letter word! How would you feel if you could believe you would never have to diet again? I wouldn’t lie to you, and I’m not kidding. A life without dieting is possible!
Diets are temporary. Please let that sink in for a moment. Diets are temporary! You will not stay on any diet forever. The diet won’t last, and rarely will the results last. The reason diet failure statistics are so startling is because of all the promises diets make and all the hope they give you. They promise to change your life, to make you happier, to make you healthier. They promise fast results, but they rarely promise you a lifetime of those results.
Why does this happen? It happens because companies that sell diet programs, pills, coaching programs, shakes, and special diet food know that the long-lasting results are extremely rare.
Up to 95 percent of diets fail in the long-term. It’s hard for you to accept that because you’ve spent your life wanting that dream body, to reach your “dream weight” and to receive and achieve what you’ve been promised when you plunk down your hard earned money.
You tell yourself that with enough willpower, endurance, and hard work, you can get there; you can do it. As long as you stick to the plan, you will lose the weight and keep it off, and finally, you will be happy!
But what if that doesn’t happen? What if you lose the weight, but it comes back and you gain back even more weight? What if you are like most people who spend your entire life bouncing from one diet to another, and never really find something you can stick to long-term?
What if the reason for that is because all diets fail… eventually? What if that makes you completely normal?
Diets are Not Meant for Long-Term Lifestyle Changes
Diets are meant for short-term use only. Every diet out there “works” – until it doesn’t. Sure, you might lose weight, mostly water weight in the beginning. Once you’ve lost the water weight, you plateau, weight loss slows and you get discouraged. If you stick with it, you might even lose some fat. Eventually though, most people find their way back to their old food habits. They begin not only eating the foods they were restricting, but overeating and perhaps even binge eating them. This is a recipe for disaster and failure that so many sign on for when you try diet after diet.
If you want a quick fix that will only last until you start eating normally again, then by all means, keep dieting. The sooner you realize it isn’t working for you, isn’t solving your health issues and that there is a better way to live your life, the better off you will be.
Next week’s article will focus on the binge restriction cycle and hunger and fullness cues, so check in with me then. In the meantime, please remember that Diet is a Four Letter Word!
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Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com Cheryl offers ongoing information, live and online courses and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.
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