At a deeper level, do you believe that weight loss is the answer to all your problems?
If you do, you are not alone. I’m a psychologist, specialising in emotional eating and weight. I work with women daily in this area.
There is a deep belief that weight loss is going to solve all your life’s problems. It’s going to solve your relationship issues. It’s going to solve your conflicts at work. It’s going to lead you to a promotion. It’s going to lead to general feelings of confidence and freedom. You’ll be more outgoing, and engage more in life.
This is the number one lie the dieting industry has been feeding you, pardon the pun, for decades.
They want you to believe dieting is the avenue to weight loss and happiness. I’m here to debunk all that.
When you lose weight, life is going to be amazing and great. You’re going to be a different person.
Have you lost weight before and things haven’t been that different? Did you feel a little bit disappointed? I have been there, and felt that way. I thought if I lost the weight, I’d wake up and feel like a different person and my life would be so different. And it wasn’t.
I was still the same person, with less weight.
And guess what? The weight came back on. And more weight. This is because diets don’t work.
98% of dieters not only put back on the weight, but more within a 12 month period.
There might be some initial weight loss. But in the medium to longer term, there’s actually weight gain.
If you want to put on weight, start dieting.
The number one myth is that dieting is the only way to weight loss.
You lose the weight and you have this different life. You feel amazing and great.
Here’s the thing. Life is full of ups and downs and weight loss doesn’t prevent those downs. It’s not a safety net. It’s not a buffer. It doesn’t make everything go away.
Weight loss will not fix you.
What you need instead are effective tools to manage your personal challenges. Managing your uncomfortable feelings and conflicts. Everyone will go through these from time to time.
You need the tools to work on the inside.
That’s the way to sustainable change and feeling free.
Don’t focus on the external. Start to increase your self-awareness and understand the real reasons as to what’s going on.
Continuing with the dieting mentality is not going to help you in the long term. It’s going to keep you stuck because you’re never going to find what you’re looking for. You’re going to feel disillusioned and disappointed and want to give up. I don’t want that for you.
Start to look at the reasons you’re eating, because food and weight are only the symptoms.
For sustainable change, you need to use effective strategies to deal with the cause. Deal with the discomfort, build up your internal resources to process what’s going on.
Don’t rely on the external and dieting.
I’d love to help you on your path to find food freedom.
Sign-up for my 7-Day Emotional Eating Challenge to re-wire your brain around food and start using these tools today!
Bye for now!