With the prevalence of dieting advertisements and the sheer number of diets out there, one would easily assume achieving weight loss must be attainable. But the evidence shows that is not at all the case.
In fact, studies show diets are more likely to lead to binge eating, disordered eating and weight gain than they are to provide us with lasting weight loss. This is along with a slowed metabolism, increased cravings for processed foods, greater risk of depression and lowered self-esteem.
When you boil it all down diets don’t work, and ultimately, cause more harm than good.
But given how ingrained weight loss and dieting is in our culture, this can be a lot of info to take in and a tricky mindset shift to make. Particularly at this time of year when diets and weight loss are being pushed on us from every angle. For many of us, a new diet or plan to be extra “good” with our nutrition and fitness has come to feel like the natural way to start the year. But diets are not the answer. And it’s time we moved away from them and towards a future where we’re at peace with food and our bodies.
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