how to put an end to your dieting days

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Overeating, Smarten UpLeave a Comment

Have you seen this article about fad diets you should absolutely never try?  From the laughable (eating jars of baby food), to the dangerous (purposefully infecting yourself with tapeworms), it’s clear that people are willing to turn off their brains and try anything in the hopes of losing weight.

It’s sad that this article even needs to exist.  Many people are obsessed by weight loss, but not many are very successful, so they keep trying new strategies that are ultimately unproven and unsustainable.

Many people are so tired of asking weight loss questions, that they will believe anything is the answer.

Many people focus on good food vs. bad food, and the result is that they don’t eat healthy. Oh sure, they eat healthy food for a couple of strict, calorie counting days, and then they end up at a party with a bowl of chips in front of them and binge on the whole thing.

Eating healthy is for the long-term.  The good news is that I can tell you how it’s possible.  And how it’s sustainable.  And yes, I can prove it.

Is Eating Harder Than Sleeping?

To illustrate what I’m about to tell you, think about how we tend to deal with sleep problems.  Obviously plenty of people struggle with insomnia, but we don’t see many people adopting extreme and unsustainable sleep cures like hanging upside down (since bats sleep 20 hours a day), or sleeping only on the ground beside a campfire (since that’s how our ancestors slept).

This is not a fad sleeping position.

This is not a fad sleeping position. 

We don’t see many people obsessing about the activities they’re doing all evening, wondering if it will cause them to be up all night.  It’s probably pretty obvious to most people that if they obsessed about their sleep in this way, THEY WOULDN’T SLEEP!

Instead, most people adopt relatively effective cures for sleep problems.   These cures involve getting in tune with their bodies. Bodies have innate functions, like light-sensitive circadian patterns.  They also respond to cues that we give it, such as a before-bed routine that instructs the body to prepare for sleep.  When we’re in tune with our bodies, sleep just happens.

When we’re in tune with our bodies, we eat healthier too.

Getting In Tune With Your Body

Imagine a diet where you eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and as much as you want.

What did you picture?  Was it incredibly gluttonous and unhealthy?  

Probably.  It’s probably very out of touch with what your body actually wants.  It’s probably also out of touch with what YOU actually want.  You want to be healthy, but when I asked you to imagine eating what you want, you pictured yourself eating junk!  WHY?!

Attention! Mental Shift Required!

When people do things that are different from what they want to do, it indicates that they need to make a significant mental shift.  This kind of shift does not happen overnight.  It does not happen without some work.

You will need to:

  • Stop stressing about food
  • Be consistently mindful of why you are eating
  • Make a habit of listening to what your body is really telling you about how much and what kinds of food it needs
  • Send your body cues about how healthy you want to eat

The Beauty of Intuitive Eating

This is a long-term process, but it is SO worth it!

Once you make this mental shift and become more in tune with your body’s wants and needs, you can adopt the diet I described above!  You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and as much as you want. Not only that, but you will then:

  • be healthier
  • achieve your ideal weight
  • MAINTAIN your ideal weight
  • maintain a healthier blood profile
  • love your food
  • love your body

Intuitive Eating: It Works

Like many diets, this may sound too good to be true.  Let me assure you, if you’re willing to put the work into changing the way you see your body and your food, it’s not too good to be true!  

If you’re interested in turning away from fad diets and a love-hate relationship with food, it’s not too good to be true!

If you’re motivated to create a future where you simply enjoy your life and your food again, it’s not too good to be true!

In case you haven’t been clicking along, those links are studies showing how effective intuitive eating can be at effecting weight loss.  I’ll be writing much more about this in the future, so stay tuned, subscribe to my newsletter, or talk to me about how I can help you personally on your journey towards intuitive eating.

As your first step of the journey, use this exercise: the next time you are about to eat, pause for a moment.  Think about why you decided to have something to eat.  Take a note of that reason, in your phone or wherever. Continue doing this every time you eat, for 24 hours.

Love Your Food Again

Eating can be a guilt free, anxiety free, joyful experience!  Not only that, it SHOULD be!  Your health requires it.

Love your body.

Love food.

Love life.

I Quit Overeating

I have made it my mission and my passion to help people develop a healthy relationship with food. It’s a journey and it takes time. Which is why I’ve developed an online program to guide people through the process! I would love for you to join me. A new session starts soon.

 

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