This is such a tricky question, isn't it? Let me first preface this by saying that I know I'm lumping a whole lot into the term "diet" and when I say diet in this case, I'm talking about a calorie restriction plan that tells you exactly what to eat.
A lot of times people will tell you that diets are bad for you or that they don't work, and I do think there is truth in that (I myself have even said this).
Yet I also think that there is a place for diets and they are not ALL bad.
Here's what I mean. When you first get started getting healthy and fit, you need a starting point. When you have no clue what you're doing or how to get started, it can be a bit overwhelming.
So, in this case, a diet might get you excited. It might get you feeling inspired and in control of yourself because you finally have a step-by-step actionable plan in front of you and for once you feel like you know what to do in order to start getting your health and your body back on track.
You feel EMPOWERED
and, at this particular time in your life... a diet might be exactly what you need to let go of your resistance and go with the flow, moving in a direction that feels a whole lot better than the "I'm out of control and I need to do something about it" place that you are in.
Diets are a bridge not a crutch
I struggled with diet and weight loss for a long time and have tried literally every diet plan and pill on the market. Even though I had many frustrating attempts at trying something new, losing some weight, and then gaining it back...I don't regret any of it.
Each of those attempts was a bridge to the next, and to the next, and to the next, which eventually led me to the healthy relationship that I have today with my body and with food.
Without each of those experiences, I'm not sure that I would be where I am today.They all taught me things about myself and what I wanted in my life.
is in not seeing the diet as the solution
The diet is a tool, but the ultimate goal isn't to be on a structured eating plan for the rest of your life.
is to have the freedom to make food choices solely depending on what you WANT to eat (which by the way is also healthy too) rather than what you think you have
to eat. I think that's where people get off track -- looking for the solution outside of themselves in some sort of magic quick-fix thing.
Learning the basics about what foods are healthy through a diet plan… that’s one thing, but it’s another to go on a never-ending search bouncing from one plan to the next thinking that something outside of you
is going to fix all of your problems.
It took me some definite trial and error but I finally realized that I wasn’t fixing the root issue by searching for the magic cure to all of my weight loss issues in a diet. I had to get to the root and the root issue was my relationship with food and with my body.
Once I was able to shift the way I looked at food and the way I treated myself, I was able to shed the weight and have kept it off.
It's about WHY you eat, not what you eat
It’s so much more about WHY you eat than what you eat.
If you build a healthy relationship with food, and the why behind eating is a healthy, positive why, then I think most people will see that they’ll naturally reach for healthier options because they see food as nourishment rather than something they’re using to try to fill a void.
So those are my thoughts. What do you think about diets? Do you agree, disagree...?