This is the first in a series of guest posts from some of my “blogger friends” that’ll you’ll be seeing on my blog this summer! This first one is by Heather K. Jones, a registered dietitian and co-author of the Skinnytaste cookbook series.
Now, we all know that diets don’t work, right? Even so, with a 68-billion-dollar weight loss industry constantly enticing us to jump on the diet-and-deprivation bandwagon, it’s hard to just say no. I get it.
However, here’s the thing: you cannot shame and deprive your way to a happy and healthy life. Even if you lose some weight on a restrictive diet, it doesn’t stick. Moreover, it certainly doesn’t make you feel fulfilled or free.
Going on a diet is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken arm. They’re ineffective and exasperating at best, emotionally damaging, and physically harmful at worst.
Rather than putting yourself on another restrictive diet (and then beating yourself up when it inevitably doesn’t work), starving yourself, or pretending like you don’t care anymore, try something radical…and something much, much better. Try treating yourself and your body the same way you would treat someone you love—with respect, compassion, and loving care.
Most people don’t expect their journey to health and lasting weight loss to be filled with joy and ease. Most expect struggle, sacrifice, and suffering, so that’s exactly what they get. However, the struggle does not move you forward in positive ways—it keeps you stuck and miserable.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned working as a dietitian for the last 20 years (and overcoming my own struggles!), it’s that you cannot solve your food and body issues with the same hateful mindset that got you here. It just doesn’t work.
And, I’m excited to share with you my FREE Master the Weight Loss Mindset Challenge, where I’ll show you a kinder, saner, and gentler way to create lasting weight loss and wellness in your life.
You’ll receive online training videos, downloadable action sheets, and access to the Feel Better Eat Better Support Group, a private Facebook community.
Go HERE to sign up for the free challenge—I’d love to see you there!
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