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Diets Don't Work

Diets Don't Work... in the long term

I spent years on and off diets. Not eating this, cutting out that and trying to deprive myself of foods that I just couldn't resist until... I couldn't take it anymore, and I would go right back to the way I had been eating before I decided to restrict myself. I never lasted very long on a diet because there were too many rules, too many restrictions and far too many Nos to continue on that path for too long.

Diets dont work

I loved the initial moment when I would come off a diet and reach for my first "banned food". I especially loved it if I was at a party when the temptation got too much because there was a choice of everything I'd been dreaming about right in front of me.. and more.
The table was my new companion, the dip was my saviour and the cake was my faithful friend. Socializing went out the window because I had everything I needed right there before me and I sure made the most of it. I'm sure I was known as 'the girl who hangs around the table' at many a party.

Why diets don't work

What I found from my experience with dieting is that diets don't work. They just aren't sustainable because they are boring, restrictive and unsatisfying.

Deprivation doesn't work either. It isn't sustainable. Sure, I could go for days and on the very rare occasion, weeks, saying no to things that were not approved on the diet, saying no to the foods on my banned list, but I couldn't keep up the boring restrictions for too long before I caved in and launched into a long binge. It was my very own food-fest!
My past strict dieting ways would trigger food cravings and before long I was back to my old ways of binging, and doing so as if food were going out of fashion.

So, here is my tip to you:
Stop dieting. The deprivation and hunger of strict dieting can trigger food cravings and the urge to overeat. Instead of dieting, allow those sometimes foods in your diet in moderation. Find nutritious foods that you enjoy and eat only until you feel content, not uncomfortably stuffed. Avoid banning your favourite foods as this can make you crave them even more. When you are coming from a place of yes rather than a place of no, you are able to tune in better; this allows you to understand what your body is trying to tell you and you will then be able to satisfy it in more empowering ways.

Overcoming Emotional Eating

I found that when I stopped dieting and started listening to my emotions, I was able to get to the core of why I was overeating and I'm now ever so proud to say I have overcome my emotional eating for good.
If you would like to know how to stop emotionally eating and how to start leading a healthy, more abundant life - go to:

Author Renae Bressi

Author Renae Bressi