Yes, you read that correctly! I don’t believe in ‘dieting’ I think its bulls**t, and here’s why:
· Temporary change breeds temporary results – this point is fairly self-explanatory but of course any results you may reap from your ‘diet’ will cease to exist when you go back to your usual way of eating.
· Yo-yo dieting causes an increase in visceral fat. Why is this bad? To give a very brief explanation: there are two types of fat: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat is the layer just under your skin, such as what you see on your thighs, rear, etc. Visceral fat is the layer which wraps around your organs and is linked to; heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, raised blood pressure, strokes, breast and colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Yo-yo dieting damages your metabolism and confuses your body, actually causing it to hold on to more fat in the long run and restricts its ability to burn calories.
· ‘Diets’ are restrictive. Not only does restriction (particularly un-managed blood sugar levels) make you far more likely to binge, it also splits you to play two characters: the parent and the rebellious child. This restrictive and rebellious split results in a conflicting and stressful emotional battle. Restrictive diets can also cause obsessive eating habits, sometimes triggering disordered eating and mental health problems.
· Fad diets or particularly restrictive diets can cause you to omit essential nutrients for your body to be healthy and balanced.
· In some cases, it’s like putting a plaster on a bullet wound. It is not uncommon for obesity or overeating to be a knock on effect of traumatic experiences. In these cases, dieting deals only with the symptoms of the problem rather than the cause, resulting in a vicious cycle of yo-yo diets and their aforementioned side-effects. If you're overeating - why? How does it make you feel? Are there feelings which you're suppressing or substituting with food? Get your mind right and the rest will follow.
· You’re not enjoying it! What’s the point in punishing yourself with restrictive and potentially damaging ‘diets’ when you can make gradual, subtle and enjoyable changes over time to create permanent results?
Being healthy and getting to your desired physique can be an enjoyable sustainable journey. Start by making food diary (record everything you eat) for a minimum of a week, then consult a professional to help you work out healthier (but still delicious!) substitutes for the main culprits in your diet which are holding you back from your health and body goals.