RESISTING THE LURES OF DIET
RESISTING THE LURES OF DIET
Diets lure us with promises to transform our bodies; with each new diet declaring that this is the one that will prove successful. However, research shows that one to two thirds of dieters regain back the weight, if not more. 
 
This is because diets are generally short-term approaches to obtain weight loss, which require restriction and behaviors that are not sustainable long-term. Further, they are generally hard work requiring immense effort and self-control.
 
Why diets are hard work
 
Restriction and deprivation create:
1)   Immense feelings of physical hunger, as our body is essentially starved of energy; and
2)   Immense mental and emotional effort to not think about, or given into the thoughts about, the very foods that are off limits on the diet.
 
Eventually, we give into this hunger and our desire for restricted foods, either by abandoning the diet or excessively eating the foods we had deprived ourselves, or consuming them with disregard once we have ended the diet. Unfortunately, for many, this then leads to feelings of guilt and shame that fuels us to start another diet.
 
Step off the diet cycle
 
Even if you have firsthand experience of dieting being ineffective long-term, it is hard not to be drawn in by celebrity diets, meal replacement shakes, and detox programs that promise that unlike any other diet you have tried this one will work. If you find yourself searching for or embracing yet again another diet or detox, it might be time to consider stepping off the diet cycle and embracing another way.
 
This is important as not only are diets hard work, when we yo-yo diet (lose and regain weight repeatedly) there are a range of psychological and physiological health consequences.  In addition to promoting low esteem and self-worth, yo-yo dieting has been shown to raise blood cortisol (stress hormone), promote inflammation throughout the body and increase the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. 
 
Surprisingly, these risk factors are more prevalent in normal weight people who yo-yo diet, such as dieting each year to obtain that beach body, than individuals that maintain a constant weight. 
 
Changing habits for a healthy relationship with food
 
To achieve long-term lasting change, it is far more effective to shift your focus to eating for good health and changing habits that sabotage your health or weight one at a time; so that they are sustainable and integrated into your life. 
 
Learning to listen to your body and observing how changes you make influence how you feel are far more powerful in creating long-term change than another meal plan or diet shake that doesn’t provide you with life-long tools for health. For this reason, I offer Nutritional Coaching Packages to assist people in creating new lifestyle habits.
 
To learn more about how to end the struggle with diets and form a healthy relationship with food, join me on 24 July at Talking Nutrition With Tansy #4: Why Diets Don’t Work.

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Tansy is a Nutritional Therapist from Australia with extensive knowledge in nutrition, environmental health and behavior change. She takes a holistic approach to assist individuals with digestive issues, fatigue, food sensitivities, high cholesterol and blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, poor sleep, cravings and previous eating disorders. Her approach to nutritional counselling is unique, in that she not only addresses what you eat, but your relationship with food. She believes that this is crucial in creating new lifestyle behaviors you can sustain for life.

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