The Damage of Dieting
It’s no secret, dieting sucks for everybody; you, your loved ones, depending on which one your trying the guy that has to use the bathroom after you, etc. What is important to remember about dieting is that you have a certain way of being, a lifestyle that you have developed over years, can this really be changed by a ten day juice fast or 300 a day squat challenges?
In all honesty, and I know this will be hard to accept, diets are for skinny people. Diets are for people who want to look extra lean for wedding photos or their girl trip to Cuba in a month. Diets are not for people who have eaten their way to over one hundred pounds over weight. Diets are not for people who have been overweight their entire lives. Diets are not for people who are emotional eaters.
‘Dieting’ can be harmful to people who need real help managing their emotional eating because the expectations for the results of the short term diet are unattainable. When the diet fails, and it always does, the person attempting to change their life reinforces the failure with self deprecation. No results and negative self talk results in an attempt to make oneself feel better, or punish oneself with more emotional eating.
So what to do? The reality of the situation is it is going to take a long time to lose the weight you want to lose. Until I actually got help with my weight loss from a professional I gave myself the delusion that I could lose all the weight I needed to in a year. The reality is it has taken me over 4 years to lose almost 100 pounds, these were the most inconsistent years of my life with gaining and losing and maintaining my weight.
This past year I will have lost almost 100 pounds, and as exciting as that sounds I will still need to lose another 40 pounds to be at a healthy weight. Discouraging, right? This is why dieting is not the solution, an entire lifestyle up hall is the only way to make a change. I had to move back home, have the entire support of my family, receive therapy, make countless mistakes and force myself to not self sabotage back to my old ways.
If I continued trying new diets; making cabbage soup, squatting 300 times a day, drinking water mixed with cayenne pepper, taking shots of apple cider vinegar, I would probably be over 300 pounds today. I was lucky enough to realize that I needed to change my entire life, I had to actually grieve over the fact that I would not be able to eat the way I used to love to eat anymore, and I am so happy to say that it is working.
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