The Real Truth About Dieting: Five Alarming Ways Diets Keep You From the Body & Life You Want

Real Truth About Dieting Shelli Johnson

I can tell you the real truth about dieting because I spent over twenty years on the diet-go-round, which is when you jump from one diet to the next to the next, hoping that this next one will be the answer. No diet ever was the answer. I could always lose the weight, no problem. I could never keep it off.

And I ended up gaining it all back plus usually more within a year. I ended up at 304 pounds by constantly failing at dieting.

So now I don’t diet anymore. I lost over 160 pounds without dieting. I’ve maintained that weight loss for 8 years without dieting. Knowing what I know now, I’ll never diet again.

If you’re one who believes in dieting or is thinking about going on a diet, here’s what dieting does to you, especially restrictive dieting where you have to avoid certain foods or entire food groups.

1. The real truth about dieting: it makes you afraid of food

If you diet long enough you’ll eventually give food all kinds of power over your life and you’ll start to be afraid to eat anything. You might even get to the point where you’re afraid to be in the same room with certain foods. That’s what happened to me. I was afraid to have any kinds of sweets in my house because I thought they had all the power and I had none.

 

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2. The real truth about dieting: it leaves you terrified of making a mistake

I kept getting told that the reason I wasn’t losing weight while I was dieting was because I wasn’t following the rules or guidelines perfectly. So I got to the point where I was hyper-vigilant about everything, measuring food down to the ounce, writing down every morsel I ate, and that kind of thing. It left me full of anxiety all the time that I was going to screw it up, even the tiniest mistake.

3. The real truth about dieting: it traps you in all-or-nothing thinking

All-or-nothing thinking happens because of the whole perfectionism idea. Once you get terrified of making a mistake, the stakes are really high when you do. And instead of letting yourself screw up and learn from it, you end up beating yourself up and using it as an excuse to throw in the towel and completely give up on yourself.

 

 

4. The real truth about dieting: it makes you stop trusting yourself

You stop listening to your own wants and needs. You stop believing that you know yourself best. Instead, you start listening to the rules and guidelines that some diet dictates. You start listening to someone else tell you what you want and need.

5. The real truth about dieting: it makes you stop trusting your body

You stop listening to your own body. Your body will tell you what it wants and needs. But you have to trust yourself and trust your body in order to listen to it. Once you start obeying all the rules and guidelines that some diet dictates, you stop listening to your body.

So the point of this whole post is this: stop dieting, it doesn’t work and it does you more harm than good.

 

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My weight-loss journey & how it can help you lose weight without dieting

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 restrictions, no weighing and measuring food, no off-limit foods, no more judgment around food, 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 modify and change any weight-loss technique I found useful to suit my own personal needs.

  • I lost 160+ pounds naturally & have kept it off for 8 years and counting.
  • I no longer have any eating disorders.
  • I no longer have a fear of food.

Just imagine what you could be doing with your life, following your own dreams and reaching your own goals, cultivating your own passions, making both your inner and outer worlds a more blissful and peaceful place, if you weren’t running in circles on the diet-go-round.

I got that for my life. I want it for yours. My books will show you how.

 

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Let today be the day you make peace with your body and with food.

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