The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada. How about saying, ditch the diet!
Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people’s insecurities with digitally enhanced photos of bodies no one IRL (in real life) has. A body you could have—if only.
Who’s to say you are not enough just as you are? You are enough!
A life without diets
Imagine a life without diets. What would happen to industries pushing pills, potions, and programs promising a better life? What if people stopped dieting, stopped obsessing about a number on the scale?
Think about it.
Quit lining the pockets of industries thriving on your insecurities.
Rebel! You have power—you have a voice. Don’t waste money on often empty promises—thinking, hoping, wishing, “This time it will work.”
Weight Watchers has been around over 50 years and stands the test of time. Yet how many members leave WW only to return hoping for the same success as their first time?
It’s not just Weight Watchers, it’s any diet.
For men, it’s Paleo, Atkins or some iteration of a high protein/low carb diet. They work it, achieve success, then resort to old habits. Eventually, they’ll decide to try again. For women, it’s Weight Watchers, Whole30, Paleo, or the FofD (Fad-of-the-Day). And let’s not forget the up and comers—keto and intermittent fasting.
It’s an interesting phenomenon. Every diet often works the first time, sometimes with significant success. Seldom so on future attempts.
Neily’s definition of insanity
Insanity: When you try one diet after another, losing weight each time followed by a rebound in weight gain. Then doing it over again (and again)!
Stop the insanity – ditch the diet
Here’s the thing. The dieting industry does not want you to succeed. Well, it does, just not forever. Because where would it be? It needs your failures, your insecurities.
For your own health. Stop this insanity. If you have a clean bill of health, why not accept where you are right now?
I recently coached a woman I’d been seeing for months. What I saw this recent visit was confidence and pride in how she carried herself. Not that she didn’t have it before, but this was different—and remarkable.
What changed? She’d experienced the behavior changes moving her forward, but one thing, in particular, made the difference. She added a few new clothes she felt good wearing.
Is a wardrobe update required? No, but it worked for her and it’s a strategy that could work for you.
Resolutions for you to choose
- I won’t give the diet industry my money.
- I won’t listen to a coworker (or friend) claiming the magic elixir in the supplement she’s selling.
- I won’t exercise out of guilt.
- I will exercise/move more because I enjoy how it makes me feel.
- I will be kind to myself.
What’s the one thing you can do now to move forward feeling better about yourself? Can you ditch the diet?
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Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Wellcoach® Certified Health Coach
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