Well, we’re 2.5 weeks into the new year. How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far? If you started 2018 with goals of overhauling your diet in an effort to lose weight, you might be feeling yourself coming up against some road blocks.
Perhaps you’re eating meals not made up of your list of “good” or “clean” foods. Maybe you’re eating more than you think you should. Perhaps paleo or keto or raw or intermittent fasting isn’t as satisfying as you thought it would be.
You may be beating yourself up thinking “why can’t I just have enough willpower to stick to this?” Well, you are not alone. And it is not your fault.
Diet culture tells us if we can just to be strong enough and strict enough to stick to a diet we can lose weight and keep it off. But research doesn’t show that to be the case for the vast majority of the population. In fact, it shows that dieting is actually more likely to lead to weight gain.
This idea that we can cultivate enough willpower to lose weight and maintain it, for most people, is a myth. Because we aren’t fighting something external. We are fighting our own bodies. We are fighting our bodies’ need to keep us fed and alive. And that is one hell of a fight.
Learn why you should stop trying to find the willpower to fight your body, and where to put that strength instead in my latest video.