Women Shouldn’t Go on Diets but Should Focus on Making Healthier Choices Instead!
What’s Considered a Diet?
Diets are any “disordered eating behaviors”.
According to a survey by Self Magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 65% of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors.
For example, banishing carbohydrates (26%) or a gluten-free diet; skipping meals (37%); extreme dieting like a 1,000 calories or less (16%); calorie counting; taking laxatives and/or diuretics; taking diet pills; going on a detox; fasting, etc.
If you’ve ever done any of these above, chances are, you’ve tried more than one in your life.
Why do we Diet?
The core idea behind dieting is that we’re not happy with how we look. Whether we do need to lose some weight or not (53% of dieters are already at a healthy weight!!), we have an ideal about how we should look. This ideal is really a conditioning from the media and the fashion industry and is not based on reality.
Reason # 1 Why Diets Don’t Work
They’re NOT sustainable!
The very concept of a diet is that it’s temporary. We change our habits for a certain amount of time to get the results desired. The problem is that once we stop, we go back to the food habits and choices that led us to gaining weight in the first place!
Moreover, diets lead to yoyo dieting as it’s popularly called and weight cycling, meaning your weight has come up and down several times in your lifetime, and that has dangerous consequences on your health.
Reason # 2 Why Dieting Doesn’t Work
It starts with the premise that there’s something WRONG with us!
We take on for ourselves external perception and pressure, yes the media and fashion, but also our parents, our peers. Their perception is that we have a defect. We’re weak and therefore not disciplined enough. We lack will-power. We’re different and don’t fit in.
The message is that if we stand out, how are we going to be safe, and be loved.
For women, this is even more significant. Because it doesn’t stop with our weight.
For a long time women of color were wrong because they didn’t look white and they used lightening creams to lighten their skin and products that burned the scalp to straighten their hair.
Being emotional is still considered by many men AND women as wrong!
Reason # 3 Why Being on a Diet Doesn’t Work
Diets wreak HAVOC on your physical and mental well-being!
In this episode, Dr. Oz dramatically demonstrates the damages of yoyo dieting and weight cycling on our hearts
“Researchers believe that the link between weight cycling and heart disease involves the cells that line the blood vessels called endothelial cells. When people gain and lose weight repeatedly, these cells become damaged so blood can’t flow freely. When blood flow to the heart becomes restricted, the stage is set for heart attack and stroke.”
Weight cycling is not only connected to cardio-vascular disease and diabetes, a study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine revealed that dieting causes psychological effects such as stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and irritability.
And if you’ve been weight cycling most of your life and you’re now over 40, you’ll more likely experience fatigue and digestive troubles. Furthermore, symptoms related to peri-menopause may drastically increase!
If diets don’t work and are dangerous why do we do them?
The diet industry is a $33 billion industry! It’s very profitable! They make sure you get the message!
That’s why it’s important that you shift your focus off of diets and on making health choices.
I recently read somewhere, “It’s get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.”
And getting healthy is easier than you think!
You don’t have to be drastic! You can start with one thing. For example, you can eat more vegetables by making a vegetable soup one evening and the following week by preparing a plant-based lunch. Each week, keep adding vegetables and fruits at one meal. By the end of the month, you’re eating a lot more healthier!
The following month, you can tackle something else, like decide to cut down on sweets for one day. Each week, add one more day.
Work in increments in order to stick to a new habit and create change. It takes about 67 days for a new habit to take root!
And for substantial change you need support.
Ask a friend to do it with you. Or seek help from an expert.
I offer a FREE 45 min Weight Breakthrough Consultation to help you. Here’s the link.
This year, make your HEALTH a priority!