Ditch Dieting for Good: How to Get Started

Are you tired of feeling like you’re never good enough? Are you tired of being on a never-ending diet to lose weight, only to end up right back where you started (or worse)? If you’re ready to break free from the cycle of dieting, then this blog is for you. Here, we’ll discuss some practical tips for getting started on your journey to food freedom.

Eating should be enjoyable, not something that causes anxiety and stress. But for many of us, that’s not the reality. We live in a society that is obsessed with dieting and “being healthy,” which often equates to being thin. This way of thinking is harmful and can lead to disordered eating habits, an eating disorder, body image concerns, and other mental health issues. 

Some research shows that up to 95% of diets fail. Dieting puts you at risk for weight regain, yo-yo dieting, and just generally being frustrated! This is also known as weight cycling, or the vicious cycle of starting a diet, falling off, and then re-starting a new diet again. 

It’s time to ditch diets, move away from the diet mentality, and start enjoying food again. Here are some tips to get you started:

Become aware of your thoughts around food and eating

What are your beliefs about food? Do you see food or food groups as “good” or “bad”? Do you believe that you need to restrict certain foods in order to be healthy? It’s important to become aware of these thoughts so that you can start to challenge them.

My clients often share that they are experiencing guilt around food, struggle with a dieting mentality, skipping meals, body image issues, and generally an unhealthy relationship with food.  

Give yourself permission to eat all foods

If you have been trying to lose weight for a long time, this one is tough. This might sound counterintuitive, but it’s actually really hard to do! We’ve been taught our whole lives that we need to restrict calories, so it can be hard to let go of that mindset. But it’s important to remember that all foods are good for you and there is no such thing as a “bad” food.

One of the first steps to ditch the diet is releasing food restrictions and allowing yourself to be more flexible around food. Over time, you can move toward being more of an intuitive or someone who practices mindful eating. 

Start listening to your body

Your body knows what it needs, so start paying attention to its cues. When are you actually hungry? What sounds good? What do you feel like eating? Don’t worry about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” be eating—just go with what sounds good at the moment. These internal cues are trying to tell you something. The more we listen to them, the more “fun foods” have less of a hold over us. 

 If you have been only focused on weight loss for a while, you might feel totally out of touch with your body and not know how to listen to it. Intentional weight loss and years of dieting placed a huge stress on our mental and physical health.

Find a supportive community

It can be really helpful to find others who are on the same journey as you. Follow some body-positive Instagram accounts or join an online forum (there are many great ones out there!). This will help remind you that you’re not alone and that there are others who understand what you’re going through.

Find a counselor or dietitian in your area

They can provide guidance and support as you navigate this new way of eating and living.

Registered Dietitians who are trained in mindful eating and able to work with patients with disordered eating habits or diagnosed eating disorders is an invaluable person to have on your team. When looking for a dietitian, you’ll want to make sure that they do not have extreme beliefs around diets, the scale, losing weight, or weight gain. 

Make peace with food

by checking out books like Intuitive Eating or Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon . These books will help challenge the diet culture messages we’ve been spoon-fed our entire lives and provide evidence-based information about health and wellness .

Takeaways

Dieting is a multi-billion dollar industry—but it doesn’t have to be yours anymore. If you’re ready to make peace with food and your body, then it’s time to ditch dieting for good . These tips will help get you started on your journey towards food freedom . And if you need more support , don’t hesitate to seek out a counselor or dietitian in your area that understands diet culture and . You deserve to live a happy , healthy life—free from the chains of dieting

Stop yo-yo dieting, start living. You can create a good relationship with food, cultivate body acceptance, and stop dieting for good! It’s time to create a healthy relationship with food that helps you feel in control, have good energy, and feel good!

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