FACT: You can lose weight on any diet that creates a deficit so that you are consuming fewer calories than you burn. So why am I so down on dieting? As many of my clients have heard me say, if it takes a drastic intervention to lose weight—like Whole 30, dramatic low carb dieting, juice fasting and long intermittent fasting periods—it will take an equally drastic intervention to keep the weight off.
Most of us can’t and wouldn’t want to stay on these plans indefinitely because they’re miserable.
They ask us to deny our hunger, push down our needs, and follow a set of rules that are often arbitrary and frequently include beliefs not backed up by science (like carrots make you fat, your insides are dirty and need a power wash, and grains are toxic).
We white-knuckle it for a while, but inevitably we give in to the ravenous hunger we’ve been forcing down and denying. The weight creeps back on, leading to a shame and guilt cycle.
What a waste of time and energy!
I’m going to leave it to one of my favorite authors Geneen Roth who speaks far more eloquently than I on why diets ultimately fail us…
Dump the cycle and listen to your hunger! And if you need some support, I welcome you to be in touch.