Put an end to dieting for good!
We have all been there, done it and got the certificate!
Dieting, a craze that just doesn't seem to end.
Why do we keep putting our bodies through the worst? For what? To be a few pounds lighter? That would be great, but instead, the outcome is usually a destroyed metabolism and some sort of eating disorder.
So, why still do it?
Losing weight does not have involve low calories, restriction and over-exercising. A healthy weight loss should be sustainable. Permanent changes must be made to the way to you eat and exercise.
Throw away the 'rule-book'
When it comes to weight loss there are no rules, one size fits all or a perfect diet. These are all myths the fitness industry is selling in order for us all to buy into. You are in charge of your body, you know your body more than the fitness guru telling you low-calorie dieting or fasting for 5 days will get you those results you so desperately want.
We all know diets do not work in the long run. Studies show that 95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lost in 1-5 years. A most common effect of beginning a diet and not 'succeeding' is yo-yo dieting. This cycle involves starting a diet for a period of time, stopping and then restarting it again. Many women can be on a dieting cycle for their whole life, not knowing that chronic dieting is doing them more harm than good. However, women often yo - yo diet because they believe they have failed the diet, not that the diet has failed them.
Studies have further shown that dieting is also associated with increased food preoccupation, binge eating, and eating in the absence of hunger. A large 3-year study on nearly 2,000 adolescents found that dieting is the most important predictor of new eating disorders (Patton et al 1999).
Throw away the scales
Stop weighing yourself. Do not put so much emphasis on the number on the scale. Do not let that number dictate your progress or self-worth.
The scale is not always an accurate source of measurement for weight loss. Often we get discourage when we do not see the scale going down. However, we do not think this may be because actually, we are putting on muscle from the regular exercise being done.
Many women who seek weight loss implement drastic changes to their lifestyle. They believe what they are doing is what will allow them to reach their goal.
We are constantly bombarded with all this information and people on social media telling us if you do not restrict and over exercise you are a failure and you are just not dedicated enough. But that is just not true. You do not have to do all of that to achieve weight loss.
All these actions, supposedly done in the name of health, are actually damaging our health. For women with PCOS, skipping meals and denying your hunger affect your insulin levels. Restriction and over exercising can negatively impact your hormones.
Stop looking at health as a number. Health is more than a number. It is about feeling physically and mentally well.
Listen to your body, it knows best
Diet's and meal plans dictate to us what we should eat and how much we should eat. However, our bodies give us indications and cues, it tells us when we are hungry, what type of food we crave and when we are full up.
Through dieting, we lose the intuitiveness we are supposed to have towards eating. We are no longer in sync with our bodies. Something so natural and important to living a healthy life is lost.
Start listening to your body. Listen closely to what it is telling you. If you start to feel hungry but you only ate 1 hour ago eat again, do not wait. There is no set time for when you should eat. We eat when we are hungry. If you avoid eating when you are hungry and keep pushing the time you next eat this can affect your blood sugar level and it can also cause you to overeat later on.
Give into your craving every once in a while. We are all human we all have cravings. In order to live a healthy lifestyle you need to be able to find a balance, do not restrict or deprive yourself from foods labeled as 'bad' or unhealthy'. Allowing yourself to indulge can also stop you from binging as your brain now knows this food isn't off limits.
Avoid low calorie and restrictive diets as these are not sustainable in the long term, it only results in a slower metabolism, yo - yo dieting and eating disorders. Instead of focusing on the scale, focus on living a healthy and more productive life. Your health is more important than the number on the scale.
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