So you’ve finally had it with dieting. Perhaps the restrictive behaviors are taking you down a path you don’t want to be going down. You’re tired of gaining and losing the same weight, jumping from one weight-loss program to another, and feeling like a failure every time the program doesn’t work for you. You want to live a life where you’re not tied to ridiculous eating rules that make you miserable.
The good news is that you can reach a healthy weight that feels sustainable without making yourself crazy in the process. Still, it’s not always easy, and you need to open your mind to new ways of thinking.
Think of a life where you don’t have to constantly weigh your portions, count calories, or cut out certain foods. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? If you’re ready to kick dieting to the curb, you’re in the right place. Here are three places to start.
1) Delete all food tracking apps
If you’re looking for alternative ways to lose weight, then chances are you’ve already exhausted these restrictive weight-loss avenues. Despite marketing themselves as healthy lifestyle programs, any program that gives you a set amount of calories or points for your daily budget is a diet.
And any program that is promising that you will drop a lot of weight quickly is not sustainable. The fact of the matter is that diets have only a 3% success rate. That means that almost everyone who buys into a diet program will put the weight back on. Check out this article for more information.
2) Figure out if you actually need to lose weight
This might mean taking a small break from social media so you can focus inward instead of mindlessly scrolling through influencers’ feeds.
How do you feel in your body? How do you really feel? Are you always tired, tend to overeat, or been told by your doctor to lose weight? Suppose you answered yes to most of these questions. In that case, it’s possible that you may benefit from weight loss, which is totally do-able following a more intuitive eating approach.
If you answered no to most of the questions, weight-loss might not be what your body needs. Perhaps you feel pressured to look a certain way, or you or someone else has convinced you that your weight should be lower. Regardless, saying goodbye to dieting could help you embrace your body and steer you away from a toxic dieting community that leads to self-loathing.
We all have unique bodies that thrive in a certain weight range, and guess what? That number can be higher or lower depending on the person. Figure out a suitable weight for you—something that feels healthy, but you don’t have to rely solely on willpower to stay there.
3) DOn’t eliminate foods from your diet
Contrary to what many people believe, you do not need to cut out bread, dairy, or fruit to lose weight. Unless you’ve been instructed to do so by your doctor, cutting out whole food groups can do you more harm than good. Read more here
The point is to eat a variety of foods, so you are getting everything your body needs to thrive and promote physical and mental health. A great example of how cutting out certain foods may restrict your mental health would be if you said, “I am swearing off bread forever,” or “Ice cream is bad, so I can’t eat it.” By doing this, you’re putting those foods on a pedestal and making them even more desirable. A better approach would be to allow yourself to eat these foods, which will remove the stigma attached to them, and thus making you much less likely to overeat them.
There you have it; three things to consider when you say goodbye to dieting. Hope these tips have given you a solid starting point to becoming a happier and healthier you.