Principle 1: Rejecting the Diet Mentality

Principle 1: Rejecting the Diet Mentality ⁣⁣⁣
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⚽️ Kicking the diet mentality to the curb is tough – it’s probably the hardest Intuitive Eating principle to embrace, but it’s essential if you want to have a joyful, flexible and easy relationship with food.⁣⁣⁣
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❌ This is where you say NO to diets because they don’t work and actually cause harm.⁣⁣⁣
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📚 Research shows 95% of diets fail. Within 5 years, most people gain back the weight they lost, plus more. And the 5% of people who do maintain intentional weight loss usually have some disordered eating patterns going on, which means their mental health also takes a hit.⁣⁣
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👎 Diets also increase your risk of developing an eating disorder.⁣⁣⁣
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👎 They slow your metabolism down and cause increased binges and cravings.⁣⁣⁣
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👎 And they lead to fatigue, reduced self-esteem and decreased body-trust.⁣⁣⁣
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You don’t have to be “on a diet” to be dieting. Sometimes, the diet mentality is less obvious.⁣⁣⁣
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 Here are a few diet mentality thoughts (rule-based thinking overriding intuition):⁣⁣⁣
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💬 I need more willpower/self-control with my eating.⁣⁣⁣
💬 I should or shouldn’t eat ___.⁣⁣⁣
💬 If the scale reads ___, I will only eat ___ today.⁣⁣⁣
💬 I ate ___ so I’ll exercise more tomorrow.⁣⁣⁣
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👉 So, how can YOU take one step toward rejecting the diet mentality?⁣⁣⁣
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💡 Whenever you feel bad about what you ate, reflect and see if diet mentality thoughts are surfacing. For now, simply labeling these thoughts as “diet mentality” is a good step because paying attention, with self-compassion and without judgment, is needed for meaningful change to take place.⁣⁣⁣

❤️ Rejecting the diet mentality is hard. If you feel like you need additional support, I’m here to help. ⁣
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✌️ Up next, Principle 2: Honor your Hunger⁣⁣⁣
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✔️ And if you missed my post about WHAT is Intuitive Eating, WHO can benefit, and WHY should I learn to eat intuitively, be sure to check it out. >>> [green trees photo]

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Kara Westrup