Ditching Dieting Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD,FAED Nutrition Therapist “Dieting that causes excessive loss of weight is beset with difficulties” Hippocrates 400 B.C.
Why Do People Diet? • To chase an artificial standard • Because everyone else is dieting • False promises are tempting • They believe weight loss is a cure for poor self/body esteem • In pursuit of the “perfect diet” • To distract themselves from other issues • It is an effort to improve themselves
Why don’t diets work? • The body compensates for dietary restriction • Restriction of certain foods can promote an obsession with eating those foods • The mind perceives caloric restriction as a famine • Each body has a weight or size that it fights to maintain …the set point theory of weight management
Why don’t diets work? • Diets are finish line driven • They set up people with the “guilt response” • Diets are not real life • Our relationship with food is complicated • We have taste buds! • They are based on faulty logic and science • Diets can be dangerous
If not diets … then what? • Learn about your own relationship to food • Work on connecting with your hunger/satisfied signals • Go for balance, moderation and variety • Get moving • Don’t use the bull dozer approach … try the hammer and chisel! • NO GUILT … eating is not a moral or legal issue!
If not diets … then what? • Be reasonable with your goals • Accept weight/size standards that are appropriate, reasonable and real for YOU • Focus on health and fitness …not thinness • Confront the issues that may be increasing your desire to diet and weight obsess • Know nutrition truth from fiction
Where Do I Go From Here? • Take an inventory of thought distortions that might be barriers to non-diet approach • Love and appreciate the body you have • Determine your nutritional strengths and weaknesses • Find an activity that you can commit to on a nearly daily basis • Establish 2 or 3 challenging … yet achievable goals (not weight related!)