Why You Should Never “Diet”

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When you’re looking to change your diet, don’t ever “diet.”

Thinking of going on a diet? Don’t.

A diet, specifically “going on a diet,” implies that the changes you’re making are temporary. You’ll eat more greens, fruits and veggies, cut out sugar, junk and fast food, and count your calories – but only for a few weeks or months, only until you lose the weight or fit into that dress or bikini, or clear up your skin, or get rid of a health problem, or or or. . .

And that’s all fine and good, BUT . . .

The health principles I’m encouraging you to adopt on this blog are not meant to be temporary or a quick fix, as if you can reach a “healthy lifestyle” and then stop there, or worse go right back to what you were doing before and expect that the results of all your efforts will travel indefinitely right along with you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way and having an “I’m on a diet” mindset will most likely never help you reach your health goals long term.

I know because I’ve been there!

Back when I was drinking Dr. Pepper (biggie sized, please and thank you!) and eating fast food nearly every day, I would absolutely “diet” before summer or a special event (and experience all the feelings of deprivation that come along with it), but as soon as the dieting ended, so did my good eating habits. So what happened? You guessed it, I gained all the weight right back . . . and then felt like a total failure.

It took consistency and determination to get to a point where healthy eating habits were less a means to an end and more a full-fledged lifestyle resulting in a daily mindset that no longer desired to indulge in unhealthy choices.

Eventually, healthy eating habits become not so much something you do and more a part of who you are.

The key is not to think in terms of deprivation

As in, “I can’t eat this” or “I can’t do that”, but rather to see it as upgrading. Change your mindset to “I choose not to eat that because I respect and protect my body,” and “I eat and do this instead because it tastes amazing and makes me feel even more amazing!”

After a while, your taste buds do adjust and you find that your cravings change from a desire for junk food to actually craving fresh juice, salads, and green smoothies (yes really!).

Did it happen in a week, or a month, or even a year? NOPE! Am I 100% perfect in my eating and other healthy habits 100% of the time? DOUBLE NOPE!

My upgrades were gradual, my pace slowed and sped up at various times in my life according to what was going on, but I never stopped (for long anyway). Eventually, I realized I was making good choices by default, the days of agonizing over what to eat (and craving junk food) or whether or not I would exercise (and how) were a thing of the past.

If I could get to this point in my life, so can you!

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2 thoughts on “Why You Should Never “Diet””

  1. Totally agree! It’s like you’re describing me when I was your age. (It took me longer to learn this healthy way of eating.) Also, calling it a “way of eating” rather than a “diet” helps the mindset, too. I always, always felt deprived while on a diet, and virtually never stuck to one perfectly, no matter what kind it was. But now, I just have a way of eating that works for me, and I virtually always successfully avoid the foods that my body does not handle well. Because now I’m doing it for my health and longevity. And my body weight stays pretty stable without the yo-yo effect that dieting causes.

    1. Yes, the deprivation aspect of it makes changing your diet so unbearable. But when you no longer see it as deprivation and instead focus on all the benefits, it becomes much easier to stick with.

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