Diets don’t work and I learned the hard way. Early on as a dietitian, I put people on diets hoping it would help them improve health and keep weight lower.
Do you know what I found?
Most folks felt chained to the scale rather than focusing on healthy behaviors. And, they felt so ashamed. Do you?
They thought they were a constant failure since after every diet, they just regained the weight (or more). Can you relate?
I didn’t like seeing my clients feel so awful so I thought maybe I was supporting them incorrectly. I dug into the research and you know what I found?
Diets don’t work for most people. Long term diet success was the exception not the rule. You’re not the only one.
They also don’t improve health long term and only worsen things like mood, insulin levels, and self esteem.
The diets failed. Not you.
Once I discovered this, I couldn’t un-see it. I found ways to promote health without the pursuit of weight loss: I found Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size approaches, mindful eating, and joyful movement. I sought training from experts in these approaches.
Fun fact about me: I have never been on a diet. At times this made me feel like a rebel in disguise and out of place. When I was training to become a dietitian and learning about diets it didn’t make sense to me. It felt unhealthy in my gut and heart. I remember sitting in class overhearing my cohort discuss foods they never eat. They named foods like french fries…which I just had eaten for lunch. I felt shame and anger. I was pretty sure I was healthy but they were telling me I was doing it wrong.
I tried to fit in and practice dietetics the traditional way until I realized diets hurt all of us. And, I thankfully connected with those wise experts who trained me to help the world to stop its obsession with diets and weight. Interested in my training? Click here for the details.
For the last 15 years I have been helping people just like you heal their relationship with food. As an eating disorder expert, I have worked with all types of eating disorders and partnered with my clients as they walked their path to Food Peace.