Quiz: Is Diet Thinking Causing You to Gain Weight?



Does the number on your scale determine whether you have a good day? When you feel you have overdone it at one meal or eaten a “bad” food, do you ever skip the next meal? Have you recently gone on a diet that eliminates an entire food group? Do you obsess about how many calories you burn during exercise?

If so, you may be a victim of diet thinking, also known as the “diet mentality”—a mindset that research shows may actually be causing weight gain in the long run. (Not to mention a lot of unnecessary misery.)

What Is The Diet Mentality?

People who have a diet mentality tend to follow a predictable cycle.

FIRST: They go on a diet that restricts calories (or fat grams or points) or makes certain foods completely off limits. The body’s drive for adequate fuel and nutrients is a powerful force that helps ensure survival, so people on restricted diets often develop cravings, even if they are technically getting all of the vitamins and minerals they need. When you forbid “bad” foods or entire food groups, your brain interprets that as scarcity which further intensify cravings for the foods.

NEXT: When cravings get strong enough, the dieter goes to the opposite extreme, eating to excess. They’ve broken the diet so they “might as well give up and really go for it,” eating larger quantities of foods or focusing for days on all the foods that were off-limits.

FINALLY: Guilt and self-loathing. Falling off the wagon feels bad. When you can’t take these bad feelings anymore, you decide to start again—and this time, do it “perfectly.” That is, until your body’s needs overwhelm your best intentions again, and the whole cycle starts over.

Why Snapping Out of the Diet Mentality is Key to Health

The restrictive negative thinking of the diet mentality sets us up for struggle and almost guarantees defeat. Once we overcome it, we’re much better able to make choices that are in our best interest, instead of being driven by cravings and needs that don’t even exist when we are feeding ourselves in a supportive manner! Such needs arise from ignored hunger, a poorly nourished body, and feelings of deprivation.

Supportive eating, on the other hand, features regular, balanced meals that manage hunger, provide vital nutrition that supports a healthy metabolism, and allows for the other important roles that food plays in our lives such as healthy pleasure. 


Do You Have The Diet Mentality? Take Our Quiz!

It’s a common affliction in today’s world as weight-loss diet rules increasingly define how we think about healthy eating and healthy living. Take this quick scientifically validated quiz to see how entrenched you are in the diet mentality.

For each statement, select the number from 1 to 6 that describes your attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scoring yourself:

Your total of is your Diet Mentality score. Here’s what it means:

Between 0 and 24: You are entrenched in the diet mentality. Since most of society is in the same boat, don’t feel bad. Congratulations for taking steps to break away from that diet thinking, by tuning into websites like this one. If you believe you are struggling with an eating disorder, seek professional help, such as Green Mountain’s Women’s Center for Binge & Emotional Eating.

Health professionals and the public agree – diets don’t work! So what does work, you ask? Our program here at Green Mountain at Fox Run! Founded over 45 years ago, the concepts you’ll learn here will help you to break out of diet mentality, better manage stress, apply mindfulness to your everyday life, and so much more.

Interested in learning more about diet mentality, and what to do instead? Check out these blog posts: If Not Diets, Then What? and Why Diets Don’t Work (and What Actually Does).

Between 25 and 49: You are still a diet thinker, very preoccupied with food and with your weight. You let numbers – calorie counts, fat grams and portion sizes – rule you. If you have been dieting all your life, it takes time to break the diet mentality. But you can do it if you keep working with approaches and resources that promote a positive attitude toward your body, toward food, toward your self-worth, toward joy in living…all without having to be a particular size or follow a diet!

Health professionals and the public agree – diets don’t work! So what does work, you ask? Our program here at Green Mountain at Fox Run! Founded over 45 years ago, the concepts you’ll learn here will help you to break out of diet mentality, better manage stress, apply mindfulness to your everyday life, and so much more.

Interested in learning more about diet mentality, and what to do instead? Check out these blog posts: If Not Diets, Then What? and Why Diets Don’t Work (and What Actually Does).

Between 50 and 74: Good for you! You’re well on your way to living a life without diets! You may have already seen a shift in your thinking, and as a result, even your behavior is beginning to change – for the healthier! But even though you are becoming less preoccupied with food and weight, you still have areas you need to work on. Look carefully at those areas in which you entered low scores, and find resources that will help you work through those issues…without dieting!

Health professionals and the public agree – diets don’t work! So what does work, you ask? Our program here at Green Mountain at Fox Run! Founded over 45 years ago, the concepts you’ll learn here will help you to break out of diet mentality, better manage stress, apply mindfulness to your everyday life, and so much more.

Interested in learning more about diet mentality, and what to do instead? Check out these blog posts: If Not Diets, Then What? and Why Diets Don’t Work (and What Actually Does).

Between 75 and 100: Bravo! Congratulations on being a part of the wonderful, healthy world of non-dieters. Sure, you may indulge in a little diet thinking from time to time, but that’s totally normal. You are definitely on the right road to better health, and you have a healthy attitude toward food, weight, and life. Do you still need to make some changes to improve your attitudes and fitness?

Health professionals and the public agree – diets don’t work! So what does work, you ask? Our program here at Green Mountain at Fox Run! Founded over 45 years ago, the concepts you’ll learn here will help you to break out of diet mentality, better manage stress, apply mindfulness to your everyday life, and so much more.

Interested in learning more about diet mentality, and what to do instead? Check out these blog posts: If Not Diets, Then What? and Why Diets Don’t Work (and What Actually Does).

Check our article From Insight to Action: The Path to Permanent Change to assess where you are in the stages of change and how ready you are to move on to the next stage. That awareness can help you make changes much more effectively.

How did you do? If you’re more influenced by the diet mentality than you’d like to be, consider joining the ranks of non-dieters. A stay at Green Mountain at Fox Run can help you stop dieting and start living.

Learn more about how our non-diet approach can help you achieve a healthy weight and stay there!

For more information, call us at 802.228.8885 or email us at info@fitwoman.com.

Quiz adapted from Staying Off the Diet Roller Coaster, Linda Omichinski, RD, Advice Zone, Washington, DC.

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