Diets don’t work! Why? They are all about deprivation. So yes, you can follow them for a short while, but then when you fall off it’s usually spectacular and you feel guilty and then eat to get rid of that guilty feeling. And then start to eat to comfort yourself about how useless you are. Then you put all the weight back on, maybe even a little more. So, you end up miserable and feeling like a failure.
Does this sound familiar?
So please stop.
If you want to succeed, then you need to get your mindset right. Stop thinking about “I need to lose X amount by X date”. It’s time to start thinking about your overall health. This has to become your new lifestyle and you have to want to change. You are doing this for yourself and no one else.
There’s no need to start Monday or start after the weekend or start when you have finished all the unhealthy biscuits in the cupboard. You have to start NOW and believe that your body and your health comes first. You deserve to feel the very best you can and start to enjoy life in the body you have. You need to change for life – not for a month on a crash diet.
This doesn’t mean that you need to starve yourself and only eat lettuce for the rest of your life. Or you can never enjoy a meal out, a takeaway or a glass of wine with friends. That’s missing the point of a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about balance. Yes, enjoying good food for most of the time, moving your body as much as you can manage – but also enjoying the odd meal out or a weekend away. If that means a slice of cake and/or a glass of wine – that’s fine too! Just make the next meal or day even better and get back on track. There’s no need to stare yourself or miss a meal to compensate.
You need to get rid of obsessive thoughts and the all or nothing approach if you want to succeed. This is the only way that you can change and make good things happen. No one can do this for you – only you. Your body and health deserve the very best you can do.