To stop the diet mentality, you need to do a few things. Diet mentality is all about listening to others and what others think you should do. It’s about rules and guidelines created by someone else. It’s about other people keeping you confined and contained in a system that’s not tailored to your particular needs. It’s also about going around in a cycle by trusting someone else rather than trusting your own self.
To stop the diet mentality, here’s what you need to do:
1. To stop the diet mentality, lose the weight because you want to
It’s really okay if you want to lose weight. In fact, it’s the healthiest and most responsible thing you can do for yourself if you don’t feel comfortable in your own body. This is your life and you are 100% responsible for how it turns out. You are also 100% responsible for your own happiness.
So do yourself a kindness and don’t let anyone else tell you how you should live your life, including what size body you want to live in.
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2. To stop the diet mentality, know that almost no foods are off-limits
You really can eat whatever you want. Period. The only foods you should avoid are ones that you’re allergic to or that you need to stay away from for other medical reasons. Sure, you can choose to eat them, but why would you want to start an inflammatory process in your body that makes you feel miserable?
So do yourself a kindness and don’t obsess over foods you should avoid. Simply eat anything else without judgment or shame. You can do that because weight loss is not about food. Weight loss is about what you THINK about food. And that’s a big distinction.
3. To stop the diet mentality, trust your body
Your body has all the wisdom you need to make the choices that are best for you. You really are doing yourself a disservice when you listen to someone else’s guidelines and rules about what you should eat or how much or when. That tends not to be sustainable long-term because those guidelines and rules are not tailored to your particular needs.
To stop the diet mentality, you need to tailor your choices so they serve you best. Your body will tell you everything you need to know, including what you should eat and how much and when, if you’ll just listen to it.
4. To stop the diet mentality, listen to your body
Your body will let you know what it’s craving so you’ll know what foods to choose. It’ll also tell you how much it needs so that you’re fueling your body but not overeating. And finally, your body will let you know when to eat so that you’re not looking at a clock or a predetermined schedule to determine the right time to eat.
All you have to do is a little listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues then take action based on those signals.
5. To stop the diet mentality, trust yourself
You’re doing this for you. Period. It matters deeply to you that you live in a body that feels comfortable to you. It does not matter what anyone else says or does about you losing weight. Losing weight is a personal and individual decision. It’s about creating the body and life that you want. Just so you know: wanting something for your life is reason enough to pursue it.
To stop the diet mentality, you need to quit listening to anyone else tell you what you should or shouldn’t want for your life. This is about you and you alone.
- What do you want?
- What matters to you?
- How do you want to move through the world?
- What kind of body would feel like home to you?
Those are the only questions that you need to ask and answer.
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My weight loss transformation & how it can help you stop the diet mentality
You absolutely can break the diet cycle. I got free. Your life can be that way too.
I made my own path because I needed to get myself out of the crazy-making behavior I was having around food. I needed:
- no more dieting.
- no more restrictive eating.
- no weighing and measuring food.
- no off-limit foods.
- no more judgment around food.
- no more trying to figure out healthy eating or just what healthy foods to eat.
- no more judging my self-worth based on the scale.
- no more you’re-not-doing-it-perfectly diet rules that were only fueling my constant thinking about and obsession with food.
I needed to stop: searching for weight loss tips, wondering how to lose belly fat fast or how to lose weight fast, worrying about how to eat healthy or finding healthy snacks for weight loss, coming up with yet another healthy eating plan, trying to have quick weight loss, or forcing myself onto yet another weight loss diet. What I needed instead was to find, out of all the weight loss programs out there, the best weight loss program for me. Turns out, the best way to lose weight was to find out what works for me and do that.
- I’ve lost 160+ pounds naturally by simply trusting myself and listening to my intuition (mindful eating and eating intuitively).
- I have maintained that weight loss for 9 years and counting by trusting myself and listening to my intuition (mindful eating and intuitive eating).
- I no longer have any eating disorders, including bulimia (bulimia nervosa) and binge eating disorder (compulsive overeating).
- I no longer have a fear of food.
Just imagine what you could be doing with your life if you’d just commit to having your own before and after weight loss success story. You could be: following your own dreams and reaching your own goals, cultivating your own passions, and making both your inner and outer worlds a more blissful and peaceful place.
I got that for my life. I want it for yours. I will teach you how.
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