No to Dieting, Yes to Health!

No to Dieting, Yes to Health!

Weight loss has become an obsession, a modern vanity fair!

Many people resort to drastic measures in an effort to lose weight.

According to the the Sun Corp, Australians are spending as much as 8.5 billion dollars every year on gym memberships, sports equipment, and on the latest weight loss programs and wellness fads.

However, according to the Heart Foundation Australians are spending 7.16 Billion dollars on fast food every year.

There is certainly a conflict between trying to lose weight and eating junk food!

This is part of the pattern that we see when we look at why dieting doesn’t work and the yo-yo dieting effect.

Many people tend to constantly flip between either being on an exercise and diet plan or off it!

There appears to be no balance or healthy lifestyle trend.

Extreme Dieting Linked to Poor Health 

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Yo-yo dieting and repeatedly losing and regaining weight is linked to negative health issues including but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 
  • Diabetes, 
  • Immune Dysfunction, 
  • Osteoporosis, 
  • Anxiety, 
  • Depression, 
  • Anorexia, 
  • Bulimia, 
  • Binge Eating Disorder, and
  • Disordered Eating Behaviours.

Research conducted by Utrecht University in Holland found that dieters don’t actually reduce the amount of food they eat.

However, they attach emotions to eating and food and this impacts’:

  • Feelings of guilt;
  • Loss of pleasure of eating, and
  • Stress levels.

Therefore, if the emotional emphasis of eating and food intake are decreased or eliminated then food just becomes food!

People can eat for nutrition, for enjoyment and this may reduce and/or stop emotional eating or some aspects of binge eating.

The Link Between Dieting and Emotions

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When we put pressure on ourselves to be perfect, that leads to a whole heap of emotions like guilt and shame, as well as stress.

Once we feel stressed, the stress hormones in our system are so elevated that they need to feed and that’s when we blow the diet.

The stress hormones are hungry hormones and they cause us to reach for high calorie foods like junk food.

Then we tend to feel guilty.

Society has greatly influenced the notion that for a person to be accepted, to belong, then they need to be a certain size!

It is also believed that a certain number on the scales, clothing size and/or body shape will make a person happier, more successful, and more attractive.

This is far from the truth!

The truth is: YOU ARE UNIQUE!

You’re already beautiful, just as you are!

If you want to lose weight, your goal should be focused on being healthier and living a healthy lifestyle – not a smaller waistline that is supposedly going to magically fix all of your woes or help you to live the life you dream of!

You and your life reflect a unique person.

You are much more than:

  • What the numbers on the scale;
  • The size on your clothing tags, or 
  • The shape of your body. 

Realise that food and your body are not the enemy, and learn how to create a healthy life with food.

Identify your passions in life and confidently pursue them to live a life filled with:

  • Fun,
  • Health;
  • Balance; 
  • Happiness, and 
  • Quality relationships.

If you are ready to back free from yo-yo diets and discover what it really means to be healthy and uniquely confident in who you are, then get in touch with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic today.

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