The Side Effects Of Dieting
I was doing my research the other day and was completely shocked by how many diets there are out there that don’t actually promote a healthy life or a positive mindset. These diets show you pictures of fast results and happy people, but what about the side effects of dieting? No one really talks about that. I found a really eye-opening quote a long time ago and I’d love to share it with you;
“Dieting only offers short-term gain for long-term pain”.
This is something that 110% resonates with me. There is so much truth to this. But for some reason, we are all so blind to it. And I’m in that basket too. It’s so hard not to scroll through someone else’s Instagram feed and compare ourselves to them.
It’s even harder to ignore the pressures placed on all of us by society to look or to eat a certain way. And with so many opinions and so much new information flooding the internet every single day, it’s hard not to fall into a diet depression trap.
What is a diet depression?
Samantha Skelly is an author and total bad-ass entrepreneur. She is on a mission to empower women to stop using food as a drug and start loving their bodies. Her mission is so in line with my values and I love what she stands for.
In her interview on Bucci Radio, she spoke about going through the struggles of an eating disorder. She spoke about feeling totally out of alignment with what she was doing because she was advocating a healthy lifestyle as a personal trainer while she was battling an eating disorder behind the scenes.
While we may not all have an eating disorder, we are constantly trying to look better and fit into the mould of what we think we need to be. All while we’re struggling to keep up with it in the background.
Even I share photos of my healthy smoothies and balanced nourish bowls without hinting at the fact that my portion control isn’t always what it should be. Even though I make healthy brownies out of sweet potato and cacao, some days I’ll have like 5 at a time because it makes me feel better after a tough day.
Creating unrealistic expectations
We don’t talk about this stuff because we don’t want to feel embarrassed but what we are actually doing is just adding to the problem.
The information we share with the intention of helping others or looking good just set unrealistic standards for everyone else, and this just leads them to feel like they’re not good enough.
I’ve been researching diets and have found that most of them are super restrictive and there are so many posts and reviews talking about the amazing results that people have gotten.
Something is missing…
You know what doesn’t get posted? How hard it is sticking to the diet. That it’s unrealistic to maintain. Or how much weight is gained back afterwards?
And again, we aren’t keeping these secrets because we are intentionally trying to deceive people, we are just embarrassed.
But it leads to unrealistic standards. It leads to people feeling shit about themselves because; “It worked for her but it’s not working for me… I must be the problem”.
The restriction is the problem, not you
It’s time that we stop buying into these restrictive diets and the perfectionism we think we need to achieve. We need to stop setting these unrealistic expectations for ourselves and for others.
There is no magic pill we can take and there is no one diet to suit everyone. Diet and restriction is NOT the way to a healthy, happy lifestyle.