Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Conclusion of "Diets Don't Work..."

I think I’ve pretty much covered off why diets don’t work for me, but let’s recap: I hate the feeling of being restricted. I hate having to say “no” to certain foods if I really want them. I hate the feeling of deprivation.

Given the fact that I (almost certainly) wouldn’t have success on any new diet plan, it seems obvious to me that the only natural conclusion for me would be to simply NEVER (ever, ever) attempt one again. Phewww! That's a relief. The response is not to now indulge in anything and everything I want, but rather to just eat normally!
1)      Eat when hungry
2)      Stop when full
3)      Give in to cravings and desired food, but don’t go crazy
4)      Eat whole foods that are good for your most of the time
5)      Listen to your body
6)      Rest well
7)      Exercise well
8)      Don’t be a slave to the numbers (scale, jean size, or anything else)
9)      Don’t compare! Everyone is different, and so are our asses! ;)
Were you hoping for something more?

Truthfully, this is more or less what I have been doing for a couple of years anyway. I just need to work on my own #3 and #8.

For some people, having “off-limit” food in the house is a big no-no because it's a recipe for disasters which lead to binging on "forsaken" foods. I find it's worse though, not to give in to cravings. If I am craving something that I don’t have (or is “off limits” because of a diet I’ve been on or something like that), I will try to eat other foods in substitution. However, this never works...I just end up eating a whole bunch of other foods and still wanting what I originally wanted. End result: a whole lot of calories in, and still the craving.
There is no miracle diet or miracle pill. It's common sense. There is a reason why the diet industry is a  a $55 billion-a-year industry globally. It's like we don't trust ourselves enough; we don't trust our bodies. And we don't just accept ourselves and the bodies we have. Our bodies are pretty F*&^ing amazing, people. It's time to give them more appreciation ;)

1 comment:

Syl said...

Very true you have to do what's right for you.

There are certain things I cannot have in the house and over time the cravings stopped and I don't even want them any more ;0). There was no "I will have a little" because that just didn't work for me, again everyone is different.

Good for you for knowing what works for you and what doesn't. and yes you are amazing.
xoxo

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