Whether we like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes an increase in advertising for so-called ‘health and fitness’ programs that encourage you make changes to your body, and that this will make you ‘happier’ and ‘healthier’.
However, before you ‘sign-up’ to the latest restrictive fad diet, meal replacement program, herbal supplements or punishing exercise regime, please consider some reasons not to:
1. Diets don’t work in the long term – 95% of people will regain the lost weight plus more in the twelve months after the diet.
2. Dieting is a major risk factor for the development of serious mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
3. Diets do not address underlying beliefs and behaviours around eating and our relationship with food, and often have little to do with improvements to our health, in fact may be depriving our bodies of vital nutrients and increasing our risk of physical injury by ‘encouraging’ us to undertake extreme exercise routines.
4. Diets don’t take individual needs/diversity into account – human bodies come in many shapes, sizes and colours. We are all unique and deserving of respect.
5. Dieting benefits weight loss companies who are making millions from selling weight loss products. These companies advertise in ways that promote feelings of shame, guilt, blame and fear and lower our self-esteem.
Instead of dieting, focus on ways you can nurture your body and soul that are affirming and promote your total well-being. Instead of harshly judging your body, treat it with compassion and gratitude for all your body enables you to do. Focus on enjoying the Summer: spending time with loved ones, spending time outdoors in nature and tuning into providing your body with the loving care it needs and deserves.
If you would like support to manage difficult emotions, increase confidence, improve your relationship with food and your body, or change patterns of behaviour, please give me a call. I would love to work with you.