It’s the diet that isn’t a diet.
This ‘revolutionary’ way of thinking is more than just counting calories, measuring millimetres and scrutinising yourself on the scales.
Its’ called the ‘non-diet approach‘ and it’s been getting a lot of attention recently. And yes, as much as it sounds like common sense, it’s an actual term.
The foundation of the non-diet approach is built on three things – intuitive eating, no restrictions and allowing you to re-establish a positive relationship with both food and your body.
What’s wrong with diets?
First things first, diets aren’t that great. They’re hard to stick to and take the enjoyment out of food.
The main problem with diets and detoxes is that they tend to have an expiration date. Whether it’s one week or one month, diets or plans which have an end date will ultimately be setting you up for failure and the never-ending destructive cycle of yo-yo dieting.
There’s a growing body of evidence to support the ineffectiveness of restrictive eating. Diets require an unsustainable amount of restraint and willpower, creating increased obsession with food and overwhelming cravings.
Diets also label foods to be ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – they’re either allowed or they’re not. Anyone who’s tried a low-carb diet can probably testify to the struggle – they’ve had dreams of dinner rolls and fantasies about French fries. When you label foods like this, the ones you ‘aren’t allowed’ suddenly become much more enticing, and this can contribute to an unhealthy relationship with food.