Never diet again.
No, seriously, we mean it.
Does this advice sound a little unexpected—especially coming from a place that specializes in wellness?
The truth: It’s a long overdue message. That’s because diets don’t work.
Or at least, they don’t work in the way we’ve all been told for decades.
One of the main problems with the standard approach to dieting is that it’s often restrictive, unrealistic, and unsustainable. That’s why it’s so common for people to gain back most or all of the weight they lose on a diet (and some even gain back more than they lost in the first place). They’ve been white-knuckling their way through restriction and their bodies are smart, so they fight back every step of the way.
If you’ve struggled to maintain a diet, give yourself some grace. And consider a new approach:
Instead of fighting food and fighting against your body, what if you ate in a way that truly aligned with your goals?
For some people, that will mean increasing protein intake in order to support healthy muscle development.
For others, it will be ensuring plenty of wholesome carbohydrates to fuel endurance workouts. (10K or marathon training, anyone?)
For others, it will be striving to enjoy—no, seriously, enjoy—every bite, focusing on foods that nourish the mind, body, and spirit rather than eating from a list of “should” foods.
Your goals may be completely different. And that’s okay too. The point is, don’t feel like you have to hop on every bandwagon that passes by, because you’re one in seven billion and no one approach works for everyone. (And an unsustainable and super un-fun diet works for no one.)
Making an adjustment to meet your individual goals is great, and you don’t have to do it alone. A dietician can provide support and guidance and help you find an approach that makes you feel good, inside and out.