Diets might seem like the only way
In Britain, Christmas is traditionally a time when the best food is brought to the table. Even when times are tough, we find ways to provide everyone with a good meal on Christmas Day.
We now have so much choice and the festive season gives us an excuse to over indulge and over eat. This isn’t limited to the big day, but continues for weeks. A month of office parties, family celebrations and nights out with friends gives us plenty of opportunities to enjoy rich, delicious foods. Then there are the bumper packs of chocolates, biscuits and other treats on every supermarket shelf, all tempting us to tuck in.
Come January we all notice the extra effort it takes to do up the buttons and zips on our clothes. We might feel guilty about all we’ve consumed and commit to getting back in shape. Many New Year’s resolutions involve extreme diets where we deprive ourselves of essential nutrients in an attempt to keep calories to a minimum.
Having spent weeks getting our bodies used to processing large quantities of food, we suddenly start under eating and wonder why it’s hard to stick to a new diet plan.
After a few days, weeks or months of following an extreme diet plan, we are overtaken by a craving and end up eating not just one biscuit, but an entire packet. A short moment of pleasure, before the guilt sets in and it all seems like too much of a mountain to climb.
Diets might seem like the only way to reach your ideal weight, but the diet industry makes considerable profits due to the fact that very few people successfully stick to a diet plan. We typically lose a few pounds or even stones, but once we start eating “normally”, the weight creeps back on. This is because weight management is more about what’s in your mind than what’s on your plate.
We all have associations with food that extend beyond a fuel for our bodies. We might see it as a reward, as a comfort, as a means of showing affection, a means of getting attention. Depriving ourselves of food might feel like a punishment or a good way to take control of other issues.
A New Relationship with our Body
In understanding and challenging our thought processes we can learn to approach food and eating in a different way. We can gain greater respect for our bodies and what they do. We can see how what we put into our bodies can impact on their ability to operate. We can discover that focusing on getting a healthy body is better than aiming for a particular clothes size.
Above all else, never, ever, use a set of weighing scales to assess your progress. Your weight fluctuates during each day, depending on water retention, muscle mass, metabolism and several other factors.
If you are fed up of food or drink dictating your life, we can help. We can help you to start thinking about food in a new light. It’s time for a fresh approach not another diet plan.