If I see one more advertisement or an article about a diet that’s going to give me “The Best Body Ever in 2017,” the only thing I’ll be using a fork for is to poke my eyes out.
In the U.S. alone, dieting is a $60 billion industry, yet chronic illness and obesity rates continue to rise. It’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle, but if diets really work, why the need to start a new one each year?
Despite not having a dramatic weight loss story to share, I consider quitting dieting to be one of my greatest achievements.
When you make a choice to quit dieting, what you’re really doing is making a choice to trust yourself and daring to be present for everything you feel in your body. It’s about changing the way you view your body – from being the enemy – to being a safe space to live. It’s about connecting with your intuition. I may not weigh any less, but I’m wildly in tune with the woman within.
I ALSO CONSIDER QUITTING TO BE A SUBVERSIVE ACT. IT’S GIVING THE FINGER TO AN INDUSTRY THAT’S BECOME PROFITABLE BY TELLING US WE CAN’T TRUST OURSELVES. A FINGER AT THE IDEA THAT WE MUST BEAT OUR BODIES INTO SUBMISSION BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH UNLESS WE DO.
One of the reasons I’m so opposed to dieting is that I was on one on for almost 30 hellish years. For the majority of us, they rarely work or deliver permanent results. But most of all, when you’re trying to follow an impossibly rigid, one-size-fits-all diet; constantly thinking about your body and food, beating yourself up for something you ate or the workout you missed – then you’re not only living in a constant state of shame, but you become disconnected from your inner self.
I want to feel fabulous in my skinny jeans just as much as the next woman, but I also have important work to do with my life. Work that can’t be done if I’m sacrificing my precious time and energy feeling bad about myself and disconnected from my intuition. I’d be horrified if I totaled the number of years spent being stressed about my body and thinking about food. What concerns me most, however, is how dieting wrecked my ability to trust in myself.
Quitting dieting doesn’t mean letting yourself go, it means creating a holistic, sustainable approach that works for you. Best of all, it means re-connecting with the essence of who you are.
If you’ve been trying to lose weight by dieting, and the only thing you’ve lost is your confidence and joy, then it’s worth considering another way. I’m planting that seed in your head today whilst New Year’s Resolutions are such a hot topic. I’m not suggesting I have all the answers – because I still have so much to learn – but what I’m discovering, I want to share with you.
My next post will outline the most important things I did that helped me quit dieting.