Ditch the Dieting Part 4: Positive Change is a Process

Dieting. I’ve talked about what it is and two reasons why you should never diet again.

The third reason I think you should never diet again is because dieting, by nature, is a short-term change. Usually when you commit to a diet, you decide to gut it out for 21, 30, 60, however many days, and then it’s over and you plan to go back to normal life.

So you follow the rules, even if you follow them successfully (which most people don’t), for the length of the program and feel good about yourself. But once the restriction is over, once the rules aren’t in effect anymore, you tend to go back to the way you used to do things because the change isn’t permanent.

By nature, dieting is meant to be temporary. Really, it would be miserable to make that a permanent state of existence! (Although some women do yo-yo diet and will diet then binge over and over again.)

What’s better is to make positive change a permanent part of your life. Go slow and small, and actually make those changes stick long-term. Dieting doesn’t work because it’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem. What you want to do is fix your relationship with food and be healthier overall, not gut it out and follow a strict program for a certain, shorter, amount of time.

If you’re swinging back and forth between two extremes, you’ll never find that healthier middle ground of balance.

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