With the New Year approaching, you may be thinking of a solution. And if you are like most people, this solution may involve reaching a certain goal weight.
When you have a specific goal in mind, the first thought usually is to find a diet or plan or other quick fix that will help you achieve that goal.
Law? It was the standard mode for everyone for far too long.
However, diets and plans will not help you achieve and maintain this goal, let alone develop sustainable habits. Here I am sharing exactly why that is and how you can better develop eating habits that support you.
Get on the waiting list for a new workshop on the Mindful Nutrition Method ™, published January 5th, where I’ll show you how to eat well without following a diet or plan, so you can feel safe and comfortable about your food choices.
Think about your previous experiences with diets and plans
Now I know what you’re thinking You have been on a diet before and it worked.
Let me finish …
If they worked, you wouldn’t have to do another one, would you?
If you are completely honest with yourself, how many times have you started a diet and said this was the last? Is this the one I’ll stay motivated and have the willpower to do it last?
We have had several members who have joined our Mindful Nutrition Method ™ program and they say they have gone through the cycle of telling themselves that this diet will be “the last” in years.
Because plans focus on short-term hacks to get results, but not the long-term behavior change needed to make them permanent. Because of this, studies show that dieters regain weight within 12 months.
Why Physical Results Are Not the Best Goals
Unfortunately, if you focus on getting a certain result in a given amount of time, you are doomed to failure for several reasons.
If you don’t lose the goal you set yourself over the period (or at all) you will inevitably be disappointed. This can affect your confidence and self worth, and even make you feel like a failure, as our member Pippa described.
Pippa had come to us at a time when she had tried so many diets and food rules based on food rules.
Every time Pippa “failed” to follow one of them, she blamed herself.
“It sounds really dramatic when I say this, but I think I felt worthless…I don’t get it right, which means that I keep failing at something. And when you feel like you are failing at something and not being your best self all the time, you feel that you may be out of control or that you are lacking a discipline that is all very negative and that is really getting worse for you and Your trust. This feeling of worthlessness was there for years. ”
Even if you are able to hit your goal weight, you find that the hacks that have taken you to get that weight are not sustainable for you in the long run, or that the way you eat actually makes you unhappy , as our member Kristin described her experience.
“The way I lose weight is not fun, I don’t think it’s healthy, and honestly, I’m pretty miserable most of the time …It just doesn’t work for me in the long term and I can’t imagine that many people can hold out for very long. But even if they can It’s not comfortable, it’s not fun to live. ”
Kristin summed that up perfectly, and maybe you can relate to that feeling.
When making a plan, there are a number of rules you need to follow, such as: B. Avoiding certain foods, counting calories, measuring how much you are eating, and other related behaviors.
However, if you use restrictive and unsustainable habits to achieve a certain weight, that weight cannot be maintained for you.
How you end up pedaling through diets, plans, and eating rules
Diets and plans are designed as short term fixes. It is unrealistic to believe that you can or should follow such strict guidelines 365 days a year.
My guess is that if you’ve been on a diet, you’ve probably already learned that restrictive diets are unsustainable in the long run, and even if you did achieve your goal, you couldn’t maintain it. One of our members, Diane, shared this exact experience with why she attended our program.
She said, “I was at target weight for about twenty minutes before I came to and had to start over.”
Your body’s reaction does not necessarily mean that you are eating unhealthily or that you are “bad”. Most often this means that the eating habits you used while dieting were too restrictive and made you lose weight too quickly and in an unsustainable way.
In many cases, this weight gain is how your body restores the nutrition it needs.
But unfortunately, when people see weight gain, it can make them feel guilty or ashamed about gaining weight or not reaching their goal weight at all. This can result in finding another diet or plan because it didn’t work and this next one will be your last.
You can see how easy it is to fall into this cycle and when you are in this cycle you can never find what will support you in the long run because you are always looking for short term results.
It may take months or even years to continue this pattern and you will find that you have not been able to achieve or maintain your goal.
Set goals that make your diet a priority
Unless you focus on developing a way of eating that you can easily incorporate without feeling restricted or stressed out, you will never be able to maintain it, which will take you further from your goals.
Instead of focusing on physical results, focusing on developing eating habits that feel supportive, balanced, and aligned with your life, these changes will be sustained over the long term. This is how you can create that consistency and ease in terms of food so that you can cater for yourself in the best possible way.
Here are some examples of positive nutritional goals you should work towards:
- No more guilt about your food choices
- Feeling that your eating habits are natural and easy for you
- Stop thinking or worrying about food all day
- Finding joy in eating well
- Being aware of what works and what doesn’t uniquely for you
- Confidence in your ability to listen to your body and make the best decisions
- You don’t feel drawn into trends or diets
- You feel happy, peaceful, balanced and cared for
Here’s what our member Diane shared about her journey from letting go of diets to restoring balance with the way she feeds herself:
“I’ve been on so many weight loss trips and each should be my last. I just lost 80 pounds from tracking every calorie, but that’s not how I want to live. I’ve been through this several times. I lost a hundred pounds in 2014 and was at my goal weight for about twenty minutes before I came to and had to start over.
It’s Friday night, and normally I’d just be nervous and tense because my food preparation marathon is about to start. I’ve weighed and measured everything and recorded every calorie. I do not do this anymore Instead of dreading the weekend, I look forward to cooking very tasty and nutritious food and joyfully preparing lunch boxes, breakfast bowls and plates for the week. The Mindful Nutrition Method ™ has become my safety net. I haven’t reached my goal weight and now I don’t care when I get it. I just know that at the right time, with mindful eating and a joyful attitude towards cooking and eating, I will achieve it. “
So instead of going on a diet, commit to taking a sustainable approach to eating well and knowing when you will be able to make permanent changes, establish consistency beyond 30 days, and figure out what for Your body works best to achieve and maintain a weight that is natural for your body.
You can take the first step towards this by signing up for our free workshop that will guide you to permanent eating habits.