This past weekend I was speaking with a friend of mine who was describing her latest diet to me. Everything she put into her mouth and every move she makes has to be precisely calculated due to the restrictive plan she’s following.
I listened to her comment about how committed she is to getting her body back – again. This time is going to be different, she said. This diet is going to work because it worked for her two times before. Yes – she gained the weight back (and more) the previous 2 times, but as long as she follows the plan, removes almost all of her favorite foods, doesn’t give in to temptation and exercises for at least one hour per day – she can lose all the weight she wants.
As I sat and listened to her enthusiasm it brought me back to the days when I used to diet. I remember feeling so determined to make it work this time around. I remember feeling that as long as someone else told me exactly what and how much to eat and drink, I could do it – at least for a while – until my willpower ran out. And then there I would be back at square one – bingeing on all the food I was depriving myself of during the diet.
Diets suck! They suck the life out of you and they teach you that you’re a failure every time you fall off the wagon. Eventually you lose trust in yourself and your ability to follow through on your commitments to yourself, which totally messes up your head.
Diets don’t just mess with your mind – they mess with your body. Imagine how difficult it is on your body every time you lose a sizeable amount of weight and then gain it back again and then some. Think about how hard your body works every day to support every day living and then throw on top of that the stress of putting on extra weight over and over again.
I say, “Ditch Your Diet!” That’s precisely what I did and I finally lost the 25-30 pounds of excess weight I carried around for years and I’ve kept it off. Never again will I count calories or points. Never again will I weigh and measure my food. Never again will I engage in militant exercise routines. Instead – I trust in my body’s wisdom. I treat myself to loving self-care daily. I engage in gentle movement that my body loves. And I’m more happy, healthy, vibrant and fulfilled than I’ve ever been!
If you’re interested in learning more about my unique approach to weight loss, I encourage you to sign up for my free teleclass, Ditch Your Diet And Drop The Weight For Good.