We’ve all been taught the same diet myth since we were tweens. Diet, lose weight, get a perfect body, be happy. Go from your before photo to your after. It’s a clean, linear journey that we buy into in the form of products, programs, and the zeitgeist of weight loss in our world today.
“If I fail at this clean, linear transformation,” we think, “there’s something wrong with me.”
We get in our heads and internalize dieting failures. “I’m lazy, I lack discipline, I don’t want it badly enough, I’m (gasp) an emotional eater. Put down the cookie and get it together, honey!” We tell ourselves terrible things when we don’t achieve the transformation we are seeking from dieting.
Happiness is just six weeks away. If you could just stop being such a fat slob and stick to your diet plan―right?
The diet myth is just that ― a myth. And you have better things to do with your precious time, money and energy than spend it all buying into yet another diet plan, program, or “get thin quick” solution.
The reality is that most people don’t lose very much weight from dieting. Those that do lose weight tend to gain it back, plus more. 95% of dieters regain their lost weight within five years, according to NEDA. Not only that, but multiple studies have shown that dieting is actually associated with greater weight gain, rather than weight loss.