Dieting doesn’t lead to sustainable health
Relying on diets and diet programs for long term health and well-being creates 2 problems worth looking at.
First, it creates an unhealthy relationship with food. We find ourselves constantly categorizing foods as “good” or “bad”.
In my new ebook, 3 Dieting Mistakes Sabotaging Your Weight, I share how this habit leads us into a spiral of shame and guilt around food.
In some cases, we become obsessed with counting calories or points.
And in doing so, we disconnect ourselves from nature. Foods aren’t just chemicals, they affect our mood, energy and spirit.
In the famous words of the father of medicine, Hippocrates:
“Food is medicine!”
But how can we maintain health when the quality of and the vital force (Prana) in foods are completely disregarded?
When I was in my early twenties, I used fasting to help me maintain an idealized size 4. That was until the day I watched a documentary on eating disorders and realized that the line between dieting to control my weight, my body and my life and having an eating disorder could be easily crossed.
That’s when I stopped.
Dieting can damage your health
This is another problem with dieting.
One of my clients took some diet drugs in the 90s that resulted in her having a heart murmur and had to start taking meds to minimize the murmur.
Another client struggled with SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) for years as a result of dieting to fit into the competitive world of ballroom dancing. Which left her with chronic abdominal pain and fatigue.
Any thing worth something takes effort
Feeling good in your body, having energy to do the things you love is worth the effort of learning how to nourish yourself properly.
Preventing cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and cancer is worth putting in a little effort to lose weight sustainably.
Sustainably means looking at all aspects of your life that are keeping you out of balance.
My client Marjory came to the realization that how she had been managing her business for 30 years had ruined her health. And though she was very scared, she made a 360o change and completely revamped her business. As a result, she not only lost the 50 lbs she carried for 10 years but also brought her blood pressure down and no longer has diabetes.
She had such impressive results that at her doctor came into the room clapping!
By selling dieting as a solution for sustainable weight loss and long term health, the diet industry trivializes our relationship with our weight, body and food.
But it is up to you to smash myth 2: that short term efforts can give you long term results!
Stay tuned for part 3 of this article- Weight Loss Myth 3: weight loss is difficult!