40 Reasons to Stop Dieting Now

“People don’t fail diets, diets fail people.”

Based on 40 years of working with women to reach their healthy weights, we don’t think it could be said any better. Diets simply don’t work. Worse yet, they usually have the exact opposite effect you’re seeking.  In the long run, most people end up gaining weight instead of losing it.

To mark 40 years of  Green Mountain’s non-diet approach approach to weight loss, we bring you 40 compelling reasons to stop dieting now.

  1. Diets are a temporary “fix,” not a sustainable way of living.
  2. Diets promise one thing – weight loss – and usually deliver another – weight gain.
  3. Diets tell you what you can’t have, not what you can.
  4. Diets don’t recognize individual differences.
  5. Diets teach you to ignore what your body is telling you.
  6. Diets make you feel that you are bad for wanting food that your body may need.
  7. Diets make you feel deprived and unsafe.
  8. Diets make you doubt your body, your abilities, your strengths and your willpower.
  9. Diets cut you off from what is pleasurable.
  10. Diets often mean putting your life on hold for weight loss, which may never happen, and if it does, is almost always temporary.
  11. Diets are a misplaced attempt to feel in control when other things in your life feel out-of-control.
  12. Diets ignite a rebel response and actually make you want to eat more.
  13. Dieters report being more stressed than non-dieters.
  14. Yo-yo dieting increases the likelihood of developing health problems.
  15. Diets are hard work that offer little to no results.
  16. Diets ruin your relationship with food.
  17. Diets distract you from enjoying other important aspects of life.
  18. Time spent thinking about, planning and trying to stay on a diet could be spent on a new skill, hobby or talent.
  19. Diets can cause obsessive thoughts about food, which may result in eating more.
  20. Diets don’t let you enjoy the “here and now” because you think in terms of “When I’m thin…”
  21. Diets trash your metabolism.
  22. Diets trigger increased self-judgment.
  23. Diets make you feel hungry even when you’re not.
  24. Diets turn you into an emotional hot mess.
  25. Diets fight your body; they don’t support it.
  26. Diets promote perfection. Life isn’t perfect. People aren’t perfect.
  27. Diets promote one ideal body shape and size.
  28. Diets tell you that you aren’t okay as you are.
  29. Diets are a one-size-fits-all approach for very individualized issues.
  30. Diets make you feel “bad” when you aren’t “being good.”
  31. Dieting is often an unhealthy road to “better” health.
  32. Diets don’t fix your life.
  33. Diets camouflage the real issues.
  34. Diets are a promise you make to yourself that you cannot keep.
  35. Diets make you think the problem is you.
  36. Diets tell you that you are only as important as your reflection.
  37. Diets don’t teach you how to eat – they teach you how to restrict.
  38. Weight gain after dieting can change body composition, result in belly fat, and subsequently, health problems.
  39. Diets are a punishment for something you didn’t do wrong.
  40. Diets suck.

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