Thoughts about dieting

This was featured in my Holistic Outlook column in The Times Herald Record.

It happens all the time. Someone goes on a diet. Maybe a good diet, maybe a terrible diet, but they have some success, they lose weight – a little or a lot – they feel better – or not – and then…

BOOM! They’re back to their old habits, doing what they did before, regaining weight… usually more than they lost.

It’s probably happened to you.

Want to know why?

Many things will work short term, especially if you’re under 40 and still in your reproductive years.

But long term weight loss needs to make sense metabolically, hormonally, and practically. Not calories, points, fad diets, or diet products. Not low fat, low calorie, high protein, or any other extreme.

That’s smoke and mirrors, generating failure and frustration.

Any program that works must

  • heal your damaged metabolism and put you into fat-burning mode;
  • heal your damaged hormones, and bring them back into balance;
  • keep your blood sugar, mental focus and energy stable so that you’re less prone to the highs and lows that get you into trouble.
  • Last but not least, practically, it has to work for YOU, so that you can stick with it over time.

(Of course all that’s hugely beneficial to your overall health and vitality, as well.)

These principles go a long way to get you to your goals, but there’s one more component I find essential in my work with clients over the past 23 years.

For lasting success, you have to change not only your eating habits, but your attitude and understanding about food.

In other words, forget going on a diet. You need to change some basic premises about food.

If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, while losing fat and feeling better, “But I’m getting bored”… I’d be a wealthy woman.

Want one of my secrets to long term health?

Food is not entertainment. It’s nourishment. It’s your fuel for everything else you want to enjoy and accomplish in life.

Please don’t misunderstand. I don’t mean flavorless or bad-tasting! Food should taste great and be pleasurable.

But let me remind you that food’s primary purpose is nourishment: to support you in thriving in your own unique and wonderful life.

If you’re using food for entertainment, or to deal with stress, anxiety, boredom, anger, fatigue, or even happiness, you’re in trouble.

You’ve got to get back to the basics. Food is nourishment.

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