Ditch the diet and become a healthy eater!
TURNING A DIETER INTO A HEATHLY EATER
In the beginning there is usually a reason why you feel you need to lose weight – an event happens such as
- A comment from someone
- You see a photo of yourself
- Your clothes don’t fit
- You have a health crisis: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure
Most people will then go on a ‘diet’ to lose weight. They don’t deal with issues they have, they deprive themselves and make no permanent changes. They then get bored, fed up and the old habits creep back and they regain the weight. The diet binge cycle traps thousands of people every week and means the dieting industry is worth billions.
A PROFILE OF A DIETER
Been going to a slimming club for years on and off
Lose weight/gains weight easily
Can maintain for a while/can lose but always regains
Always trying to lose weight
Never satisfied with appearance
Tries to lose weight for holidays/birthdays/xmas
Doesn’t acknowledge that there is underlying bad relationship with food
Calls food good and bad and has bad and good days
Has diet/ non diet foods i.e. some foods associated with being on diet –salad. Some associated with non diet – chips.
Calls themselves good and bad when describing eating patterns.
Range of different size clothes in the wardrobe
Promising to start tomorrow or Monday
Weighing themselves too often
Strict or fad diet routines
A PROFILE OF A HEATHLY EATER
Make a shopping list and a meal planner
Watches portion control- seeing more means you eat more, so having less on your plate means you will eat less
Interesting, well cooked and tasty food
Looks into the relationship with food and looks for ways to improve it
Eats consciously at the table, slowly and therefore will eat less
Eats without guilt and enjoy food
Happy not to weigh or weigh once in a while
TURN YOURSELF FROM A DIETER INTO A HEALTHLY EATER BY -
Acknowledging that dieting doesn’t work
Remove yourself from the Diet+ deprivation/ starvation cycle
Not weighing yourself all the time. This is counterproductive as weight naturally fluctuates. If you rely only on scales as a measure of success you are dieting. Scales can reflect your mood. If you lose you are happy if you don’t you are sad! How ridiculous is this when you think about it. Your weight will fluctuate but your health is more important. If you are making the changes the weight will come off at 5lb per month on average.