If you've had any experience in dieting for weight loss, you'll probably agree that dieting works for a short period but in the end you regain the weight. More often than not, you feel like you've failed (again). The stats tell us there’s a 95% of people will regain the weight they've lost within a relatively short time frame and that repeated dieting leads to weight gain over time! This says to me, it's not only YOU. It's dieting that fails. Dieting simply doesn't work. 

Another concern I have about the whole dieting game is the research showing quite clearly that dieting can do more HARM than good. Repeated dieting (whether it be the latest high protein diet Atkins or otherwise, the latest intermittent fasting fad, a variation on the cabbage soup diet, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Tony Ferguson you name it...)  with cycles of weight loss followed by inevitable weight regain, is associated with a significantly increased risk of reduced bone mass, increased cortisol production and metabolic abnormalities. And, no surprises, it's also linked to lower body satisfaction, depression and anxiety.

So if dieting isn't the answer, what is?

For people who tell me they've "struggled with weight" for a long time and who have realised that dieting simply doesn't work, being equipped with skills and tools to change the way they see their weight loss journey and future health is key. To make lasting changes to eating patterns and to address the often deep-seated habit of body shame, people need more than a "healthy eating plan". To break the yo-yo diet cycle, it's crucial that the focus is shifted to health and behaviour goals, and to address the role of emotional eating in a person's weight history.  With supportive counselling, dietary scaffolding and a range of mindfulness practices, it's possible to (re)discover the joy of eating. The tight grip we may have on our weight and shape goals can be released a little as our body finds its most healthy weight. We learn the art of self-compassion and self-care and realise that our long-held habits of self-criticism and self-shaming have not been serving us. I love what Geneen Roth has to say on the matter: 

For some reason, we are truly convinced that if we criticise ourselves, the criticism will lead to change. If we are harsh, we believe we will end up being kind. If we shame ourselves, we believe we end up loving ourselves. It has never been true, not for a moment, that shame leads to love. Only love leads to love.

So, stop dieting. Start nourishing and living your life today. Get in touch to find out more. 

(Just in case anyone out there seriously thought we were all supposed to be the same shape and size, I just want to confirm that we aren't. Check out Poodle Science which gets this point across nicely).

So a big part of a non-diet approach acknowledges that your healthiest weight may not be the weight depicted on colourful BMI charts (or what your GP/spouse/friend/magazine thinks you should weigh). In the process of shifting our focus from weight loss as a measure of progress, to our behaviours, how we relate to our emotions, our recognition of maladaptive thinking patterns, we cultivate a new way of being. This approach offers flexibility and allows you to build skills and confidence in your own innate ability to select appropriate foods for your body in appropriate amounts. The aim for me is to help you rediscover the joy of eating and cultivate satisfaction in your body shape and size as well as your food choices. 

The research into non-diet approach interventions have shown positive outcomes in physiological and psychological outcomes. Compared with the almost certain weight regain as a result of following a weight loss diet this approach has major benefits. If you are interested in working with me using a non-diet approach but want to know more, please give me a call and I can fill you in on how it might work for you.

If you want to read a bit more about this approach then I'd recommend the following books:

  • If not dieting, then what? Rick Hanson
  • Health at every size. Linda Bacon
  • Am I really hungry. Jane Bernard
  • Mindful eating. Jan Chozen Bays

Sick of Dieting?

If you would like  a COPY of my ‘SICK OF DIETING?‘ report please contact me. I put this report together for people who are beginning to realise that dieting simply doesn't work!