How Much Time Is Wasted By Dieting?

Almost two decades of my life was spent going on never-ending diets in search of the Holy Grail of weight loss so I could acquire the body of a supermodel and live life happily ever after. I finally stopped this insane cycle after realizing the damage it was causing and decided I did not want to spend the rest of my life being obsessed with weight loss and being a certain size and shape. In the process of breaking free from the dieting trap, I have wondered how much time I have wasted thinking about diets, food, my body and weight loss and what I could have done differently with my time. Continue reading How Much Time Is Wasted By Dieting?

The Diet Voodoo Doll: The Latest Technique In The Fight Against Obesity

The latest technique in the fight against obesity is sure to be a success. The diet voodoo doll comes with a set of pins to motivate the dieter to stick to their diet. The diet voodoo doll has phrases on its body such as “put it down”, “if you eat that, your arse will grow,” and more lovely, warm phrases that will fill anyone with a warm glow inside. Apparently after sticking pins in the doll, the fear of voodoo curses will motivate the dieter to keep going. Continue reading The Diet Voodoo Doll: The Latest Technique In The Fight Against Obesity

Not Good Enough! Why The Perfectionism Of Diets Destroys Weight Loss Goals

One of the things I don’t like about dieting is that many dieting programs have unrealistic standards that must be met in order to be “successful”.  Having previously been on mainstream dieting programs (and some extreme ones as well!), where I was given “support” to help me achieve some goal weight, I have personally experienced the unrealistic standards that dieters are confronted with. Continue reading Not Good Enough! Why The Perfectionism Of Diets Destroys Weight Loss Goals

How To Make New Years Health Resolutions That Work

2012 is here and many people have enthusiastically set goals to change habits. Unfortunately many resolutions, although made with good intentions, may not progress past the first week. Previously I have made resolutions to do radical detoxes after too much indulgence in food at Christmas and by January 2nd my plan has typically come to an abrupt halt when I’ve realized I’m starving. Weight loss is one of the most common resolutions that people make at the start of the year. So how can we make sure that the resolution sticks and does not fall by the wayside?

Here are a few ideas that might help you obtain your goals:

Is the goal realistic? Ask yourself if the resolution you are making is realistic for your lifestyle and current life circumstances? If weight loss is the goal, and dieting is the solution, consider the fact that mainstream dieting to lose weight generally doesn’t work. Chasing the carrot to an elusive goal weight can sometimes end up in more frustration, guilt and a sense of failure. A simple goal to improve health such as drinking more water, or eating more fruits and vegetable, is much easier to follow through with than a diet. Continue reading How To Make New Years Health Resolutions That Work

Is Diet Deprivation All In Our Heads?

Deprivation is a key factor why diets don’t work. Abruptly taking away foods that you love, can lead to obsessive thoughts about the food and eventually those thoughts lead to action  and madly devouring the beloved food in a frenzied attack. In my history of dieting, I have started many diets that left me so hungry and absolutely craving something I loved to eat  because I told myself it was banned for good. It was on the ‘do not have’ list of food items or was one of those foods that you must ‘eliminate’ or ‘avoid’, if you were to succeed. Being  somewhat a perfectionist, I took that to literally mean forever and if I strayed I would of course, blame myself for failing to have the willpower to manage the diet and generally felt  very frustrated and demotivated. Thus, one diet ended and after a period of time this would eventually be followed by another diet with the misguided hope that this time I would  finally succeed in my weight loss endeavours. Continue reading Is Diet Deprivation All In Our Heads?