Is the anti-diet the way to go?
A new trend has infiltrated the diet industry and funny enough, the trend has nothing to do with dieting at all. It is actually strictly an anti-diet trend. The trend is propelled by the notion that diets don’t work and encourages you to make peace with food, you can eat what you are craving rather than banning entire food groups. You eat healthier without depriving yourself.
However, is this the right attitude to have toward dieting? Especially since over 70% of Americans are overweight or obese, which causes several diseases like diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis etc. So, is the anti-diet against weight loss?
The word diet actually refers to any food or drink that you regularly consume. In modern-day language, people adopt a specific diet in order to lose and maintain a specific weight.
The anti-diet trend instead adopts an intuitive eating process. It involves first and foremost taking heed of your hunger and fullness cues. You must then quiet the inner voice that fills you with negativity and shames you overeating so-called “bad” foods. Eliminate that negativity within yourself. Lastly, indulge in your cravings. While the sentiments on their own are not bad and are actually great principals to live by, what is concerning about the trend is the growing social media language around the trend. This language suggests that the sentiments expressed above are at odds with dieting and losing weight when they are not mutually exclusive and actually can be done in parallel, or better yet, in balance.
The sentiment of anti-dieting that I most agree with is that modern day dieting trends have become detrimental to overall health hand wellness. It becomes a vicious cycle of dieting, deprivation and weight loss followed by binging, shame weight gain and then you start all over again. But here’s the thing, you can have those fries and that ice cream, you can quiet those inner voices of shame, but at the same time, you can still be aiming to lose a few pounds. The desire to lose weight is not a sign of self-loathing, but rather a sign of self-care.
Loving your life, moving and eating well are the key factors to health improvement, regardless of whether or not you lose weight. Keep in mind that sometimes our bodies settle where they are, but continue to eat healthily and incorporate movement into your life.
Another issue with the anti-diet movement is the promotion of oversized junk food like huge ice cream cones, pizza slices etc. This “food porn” promotes mindless eating and overeating. Even if dieting is not for you, you must still pay attention to the types of food and how much of it you are putting into your body.
Modern day diets often make the mistake of promoting thinness over healthiness, which is the wrong approach. Weight loss is not a bad thing but it can definitely be complicated. Every weight loss method works differently for each person. So, no two strategies will work the same way. Always remember that you are in charge of your body, so wherever you would like to take the weight loss conversation is your choice. Listen to what your body wants and make adjustments, whether it be adjusting your weight loss methods or moving your weight loss goals to make them more likely and most importantly, more sustainable. It is your choice, and whatever your resulting weight is, it doesn’t change the awesome person that you already are!