Why dieting and restricting doesn’t work
You have learned to diet, to restrict, to limit yourself of the food you love (restricting = anything you do to make a food “bad”). This doesn’t make you want the food less. In fact, often you want the food more! In the end, in spite of your intentions to eat less, you end up overeating. Have you ever noticed that you overeat (binge) on the very same food you decided never to touch again? Of course. It isn’t that you don’t want it, it’s that you made it bad, the forbidden item. This actually increases your desire for the specific food you are trying not to eat.
Try NOT thinking of a pink elephant.
Food works the same way and that is the reason restricting doesn’t work.
In fact, studies show that 95%-98% of diets don’t work.
When you are in the dieting cycle, you begin by restricting in a variety of ways: the diet starts, you don’t eat what you really want, you eat less than you want or need, you feel bad about what you eat, and/or you starve yourself.
Perhaps you eventually eat the forbidden food, but with a feeling of losing control. You might then feel you have failed and become angry with yourself. On the other hand, you may completely deny that you started eating the food again by saying you are taking a break from the diet or will just have “a little bit”. Or, maybe you eat it but then throw it up, exercise madly trying to burn it off, or beat yourself up for eating it.
Ultimately, you don’t lose weight that you will keep off or stop thinking about food. Instead, it leads you even deeper into a feeling of powerlessness. You feel unable to control yourself.
Perhaps, you blame your problems (being alone, unloved, angry) on food and your body. You tell yourself that if only you could lose weight, everything would be okay. You pay huge amounts of energy and attention to who looks thinner or fatter than you. You feel bad every time you eat something you think is “bad” for you.
You think it is your fault. There is something wrong with you. You are flawed.
Does this sound familiar?
If so, I’d like to help. If you find yourself spending more time dieting, hating your body and thinking about food than living your life, I may be able to help you out of your struggle.
Taking the first step towards getting help is often the most difficult. It could also be the best thing you do for yourself. Because life is a lot better without this struggle!
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