Deprivation. Restriction. Diets have a lot of associated words that aren’t exactly ebullient. Even if you eat intuitively most of the time but find yourself with guilty food habits at other times, it is time to make a new plan, Stan.
If you need some motivation and encouragement, here are 25 reasons to get started on the no-deprivation, no-diet path.
- Dieting disconnects you from your body and teaches you to ignore hunger cues and ignore what your bodies’ true needs are.
- Dieting teaches you to attempt to “take care” of a body that you hate. Have pride in your body. Appreciate what it does for you every day instead.
- Your self-worth should NOT come from how well you ate today. You are not your food choices. You are you.
- Restrictive dieting causes so much psychological damage ranging from obsessions with food, disordered eating, low self-esteem and shame around food.
- In diet culture, we become actual prisoners, obediently listening to external weight loss messages and constantly trying to lose weight.
- Diets do not feel good.
- Diets do not taste good.
- Know that about 95 percent of people who lose weight on a diet will regain it all within one to five years and about a third of those will end up heavier than before they started.
- Either the hundreds of millions of people who diet are lazy and unmotivated, or something is wrong with this system. (It’s not you. It’s the system.)
- Weight fluctuation brings a host of related side effects that can harm your physical health. Not surprisingly, it has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. [The Science.]
- Your body tells you what it needs. [Read: There is No Magic Bullet]
- You weren’t born with a calorie counter installed on your wrist. We were given hunger signals and cues for internal guidance.
- Just because you made a ‘good’ choice in nutrition doesn’t make you a good person. It’s just a choice.
- Just because you made a ‘bad’ choice in nutrition doesn’t make you a bad person. It’s just a choice.
- Getting skinny won’t make you happier the way you think it will.
- Ironically, because dieting is so stressful (and stress puts weight on) this came to be true: researchers published in Psychosomatic Medicine found that the process of dieting is more likely to produce cortisol, which ironically not only promotes weight gain, but also, has several serious adverse health consequences.
- Just because dieting is common, doesn’t mean it’s right (or good.) [Read: Consciousness Over Calories]
- If dieting feels safe or celebrated in your circle because ‘everyone else is doing it’ then … let’s evaluate that. Who are you spending your time with, and is it really healthy for you?
- The lower the number of calories you’ve eaten per day, the harder it is for you to get your daily requirements of proteins, minerals, enzymes and vitamins. It’s not healthy to diet.
- Dieting can make you food-obsessed. And not in a good way, like “I LOVE food!” but in a psychologically-damaging way.
- Ever gained weight while on a diet? Confusing right… but dieting can make your body believe it is starving, so it starts to save fat as its “last resort” kind of measure, as this is the bodies’ best way to store energy.
- Maybe no one has ever given you permission to look the way you do, because the beauty and nutrition industries sure as hell don’t want you to feel good. 👎 them. [Read: That Time I Prescribed Something Powerful]
- Stop assuming celebrities are smarter or better than you. You definitely don’t have to follow the diets they are doing.
- If you’re having cravings, doing a diet will not fix them. Investigating them, getting curious and looking at them differently will. [Read: Sympathy for the Devil: Overcoming Cravings]
- The real truth is to jump headfirst and dive into the murky waters of self-evaluation. Self-evaluation is the only true way lasting change is made. We need to embrace the self-actualization “call-to-action” versus the quick-fix diet fads of the season that permeate our culture and the nutrition/wellness industry.
As you step further into this new decade, we hope you make a beautiful practice of letting go of all that has not served you with dieting and instead, choose to fully, holistically nourish your beautiful self.