What Good is a List of Foods to Eat Six Months Later?
Brenda was “good” for an entire year on a VLCD (very low calorie diet). She paid a hefty fee at a diet center to be weighed twice a week. If her weight was up she was scolded for not following the plan, and if it was down she was rewarded with a smiled and, “See you next time.” She was then handed a list of what she’d be allowed to eat that week along with a bill for the food, then sent on her way. So much for counseling. So much for lifestyle change.
Nothing Learned Nothing Changed
She counted every calorie, measured every bite and lost an enormous amount of weight over that 12 months but after she left the program, the pounds climbed right back, as they inevitably do. Brenda had fallen prey to the diet dilemma. She had simply returned to the eating patterns that got her in trouble in the first place. Despite their promises the diet center didn’t teach lifestyle change, but only gave her a rule based diet. Now she finds herself afraid to try again. “What if I try once more and fail? I can’t stand this anymore. Maybe it’s better to just stay fat.” Brenda didn’t fail, the diet did.
Diets do not work any more than using half as much gasoline works to save money. You still need to refuel your car regularly, and you always must fuel your body with food. You can choose to keep your engine finely tuned with regular oil changes and your car will give you many miles of reliable service in exchange. You can also choose to fuel your body well and be rewarded with better health, a happier life and possibly a more enjoyable one too.
False Promises Produce False Results
We have the strongest will imaginable to stay on these crazy diets, and we try diet after diet. All they must do is promise quick weight loss, and we believe their false promises, over and over again. Yet the diet aftermath, the regain and resulting disappointment now keeps many from even trying, much less from making real lifestyle changes that could turn their lives around.
We all know diets don’t work and that lifestyle changes do work, but for some sad reason those promises sound so good; lose 10 pounds in a weekend, take a pill and wake up slimmer. We want the promises to be true and we keep pulling out our wallets in the hopes that this time it will be.
Change Your Thinking to Get Off the Diet Treadmill
You run your brain. Anything you tell yourself becomes true (for you), so if you think you cannot change, you are right. Conversely if you think you can make changes, you are right again. You create a belief when your thoughts become habitual, so if you don’t resist overeating often enough you soon come to believe that you cannot resist. It’s simply faulty thinking. “Belief is when someone else does the thinking,” said Buckminster Fuller
The easiest way to change your thinking is by using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Learn it in 10 minutes and start having fun seeing how your longtime beliefs can be changed in an instant. It’s been said that breaking a habit is hard, but that’s because we believe it is hard. What if you believed you could do anything? Wouldn’t that lead to greater results?