Ditch the Dieting Part 3: Too Many Rules

This week I’ve been talking about dieting and why no one should ever diet again! Monday we talked about what dieting means, yesterday I talked with one problem of dieting: focusing on the negative.

Another problem with dieting is that it imposes too many rules. Chances are if you go on a diet, you are following someone else’s idea of what you should be doing. The person who created the diet essentially attempted to make a “one size fits all” approach for nutrition.

But you are not a one size fits all type of person. You are you. What works for one person (creator of the diet), might not work for you and your individual life and circumstances.

When you start one of these diets, you are closing yourself off from real life for a time. You have to do that to be successful at a diet. You are going to encounter situations that are problematic for a dieter (read: any social situation, family party, etc.), and it makes it very hard to maintain the “rules” of that diet in normal life. Because it’s not normal life!

The diet asks you to kind of put yourself in a bubble and follow the rules very strictly for a prescribed amount of time. Some people can do that! And that is attractive to a lot of women who feel frustrated and think that if only someone told them what to do then they could do it.

But then once they start the diet they feel confined, restricted, and frustrated all over again. They don’t actually someone to tell them what to do, they just want to know what works for their body.

That’s the second problem with dieting: too many rules. It’s not sustainable or realistic to live by someone else’s rules on how you should eat and live for the rest of your life. You have to find what works for you.

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