We’ve all done it right? Jumped right into whatever recent fad diet is workig for that certain celebrity. Or we purchase the diet foods that big diet companies push on us to give us “more energy with less calories”. We’ve all fallen victim to it. These diets or foods work for a small period of time, you lose a little bit of weight-just enough to tell your friends of your recent dietary success. Then, slowly, you stop doing the diet because it’s unrealistic, you have zero energy, you’re STARVING, or it’s just really expensive. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t have long lasting results. In 2017, Americans spent over $60 billion on diet and weight loss products (Parrish, 2017).
The problem with diets that are advertised to us everyday is that these diets, diet books, diet propaganda, diet gurus are selling us an extreme of a dietary practice. These diets tend to be unrealistic, pushing us in the wrong direction, towards an unhealthy relationship with food. We are told what “good foods” and “bad foods” are. We can’t have any carbohydrates, but enjoy an excess of protein (which can end up being detrimental to your kidneys). Detoxes and cleanses that are made to rid us of chemicals in our bodies, could be great in the short term, but have no business being a lifestyle or dietary practice. It turns out that we have a liver and kidneys to detoxify our bodies for us.
So, why are we still falling victim to the diet cycle? The simple answer is that it is trendy, and it is fashionable to be on a diet. As women, we often feel inadequate if we aren’t publicly working on our bodies or health in someway (we are all guilty of it!). But in reality, if we take the time to listen to our bodies and focus on the foods and types of foods that fuel and benefit our bodies, then our dietary, weight-loss needs will be met.
Unfortunately, in todays society we want action and we want change and we want it now. This works in the fast paced world that we live in for most aspects of our life. But when it comes to weight loss, the short and ugly truth is that it takes time to gain weight, and it takes time to lose weight. In order to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable and lasting way, we can’t depend on a fad diet for results. We need to take our nutrition back to its bedrock foundation and relearn how to listen to what our body wants and needs, not what we are offered by society. So, instead of jumping into the next trending diet, take the time to focus on what foods you are eating. Are you getting enough vegetables, fruits, grains, proteins? Are you eating a range of all of these? Are you getting enough water? What foods serve your body? What foods harm your body? It’s time to take control of your own diet, nutrition and health. You know you best!
Parrish, M. (2017, March 17). Time to defund the diet industry? Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/time-to-defund-the-diet-industry_us_58c2b63ee4b0c3276fb783c7