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UNLEARNING DIETING // IN A TOXIC SOCIAL MEDIA ENVIRONMENT

I purchased my first weight loss quick fix supplement when I was 14. Little did I know that I had started a vicious cycle, and this was only the beginning of my decade-long struggle with weight loss 😔

That was almost 20 years ago...😩

Today nothing has changed; in fact, when we scroll through social media, we are constantly fed images and information about healthy diets, nutrition, and fit bodies, which often makes us very judgmental and critical of ourselves.


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I was so excited when I finally managed to save up enough money (which I got usually from my grandparents—they stashed an envelope in my pocket saying "don’t tell your parents" or as a birthday gift) to SECRETLY purchase the 4-week slimming fast program that was all over the TV. As a 14-year-old little girl, this was a huge investment for me, in fact my lifetime investment. I was desperate to lose weight as fast as possible. During this "program," all I had to do was not eat anything but drink the shakes they sent in the mail and supplement them with water or tea. I was on day 18 when, out of nowhere, I got an extreme urge of hunger. I caved in, and I ate anything and everything I could put my hands on. Little did I know that I had started a vicious cycle, and this was only the beginning of my decade-long struggle with weight loss.


 


I go live every week in my private Facebook group where we talk about how to solve dieting issues in depth., feel free to join our Facebook group, where you have direct access to me. We can also set up a strategy call to help you create your own personalized plan.



WHAT'S HEALTH LOOK LIKE?


When we scroll through social media, we are constantly fed images and information about healthy diets, nutrition, and fit bodies, which often makes us very judgmental and critical of ourselves. We are not enough. We worth less than those people who have the willpower to say no to junk food and to consistently workout.


It makes us believe that healthy people have a certain look.

A shredded, lean girl with 6-pack abs doesn’t automatically mean that she is healthy. Healthy looks and feels different on everyone. My definition of healthy might be different from yours. You have to tune in with yourself and ask yourself, "What does healthy mean to me?" It might be not feeling fatigued in the midafternoon, being able to complete a 10K run without months of notice, or eating without feeling stressed about gaining weight.

When you have been struggling to lose 10–20 pounds for years or you recently put on a bit of extra "belly fat" and you feel the need to get rid of it ASAP, you can feel desperate to do something about it. And being on social media, you don’t even have to search; the algorithms can read your mind and push the content into your face that could solve your problem. So, you get a ton of advice and tips on how to lose weight, how to get in the best shape, or what you have to eat to look a certain way.

 

If there was a certain diet that could help us lose weight really fast and be healthy, we would know about it already.


Countless research studies have proven that diets don’t work. Those people who manage to lose weight, the studies suggest most weight will be regained shortly. In a meta-analysis of 29 long-term weight loss studies, more than half of the lost weight was regained within two years, and by five years more than 80% of lost weight was regained. We don’t see that on the before and after pictures taken weeks or a few months apart. On social media, we see one moment in time; we don’t get to see the yo-yo cycling, the ups and downs, the losing and regaining of weight.

95% OF PEOPLE FAIL THEIR DIETS

This isn’t because the people who do them have less self-control or willpower, but because diets simply aren’t sustainable. Not the people fail, but the diets fail the people. Dieting has also been linked to the development of eating disorders and a bad relationship with food that can take people on a long-term struggle and cause low self-worth, self-deprecation, and a negative relationship with ourselves.

If dieting doesn’t work, what does? Do I have to live in a body that makes me feel conscious and uncomfortable?

Absolutely not! What I’m saying is that there are other ways besides dieting.

It is 100% possible for you to have a great body and be healthy without all the stress and craziness! Without taking Ozempic! Who has watched the Oscars?


I want you to picture this: you are eating intuitively, fueling your mind and body with good food, having those "unhealthy" foods place in your life, and eating them without feeling of guilt. Going for activities and if you enjoy going to the gym because you love the endorphin rush and because you want to get better at something, maybe to do more pushups or be able to do a pull-up, but not to torch calories, not because you have to, not to undo midnight snacking, but because that’s what you feel like doing. I know it might sounds like a fairy tale to you now, but it’s possible. As many of my clients have achieved freedom from food and dieting, you can too.


 

PLANT-FORWARD


I created a fat-loss meal and workout plan that you can download. The idea is to consume the majority of your foods from whole, plant-based sources. This is where you have to focus and minimize processed foods. Because a plant-based lifestyle is so abundant in plant-based foods, there is room for some processed and any other kind of foods. This is the best in a plant-forward lifestyle, it provides you the space and the time when you can have and indulge in your favorite foods. So, no restrictions. Just think about the abundance of plant-sourced foods.




 

I want to leave you with a couple of pieces of advice:


Intuitive eating

When you are no longer obsessing with food and calories, thinking about the next time you eat, you’ll find that you have so much more mental and physical energy that you can use to do things you really enjoy. That increased energy means you’ll be more present with those people who are important to you.

Your self-worth will change! Your self-belief will no longer be determined by how much exercise you do or how well you adhere to the meal plan.

You can eat with more ease. A random party or get-together won’t drive you nuts with the thought that ‘here we go, I’m going to fall off the track again, and I can restart my diet on Monday.' You’ll be free.


Handle your emotions with care

Humans eat not just for biological reasons but because eating is an inherently satisfying behavior. In fact, it needs to be! After all, we rely on food to survive. Searching for ways to cope with stress is natural, too, by the way. Solving "emotional eating" with restrictions is almost never successful. Despite popular belief, emotional eating has nothing to do with a lack of self-control. If you eat often for comfort, the first step is to recognize the behaviors WITHOUT self-judgment. The second step is to replace eating with other emotional copying methods. The ultimate goal is to find a more productive way to handle what you are feeling. To figure out what is the best way for you. You might need to hire a coach or a therapist.


Rethink movement

I get it; it’s extremely difficult to enjoy a workout when we are programmed to do it to be healthy or to burn off calories. Because of the negative connotation that our brain links to exercise, it can feel impossible to make it a consistent part of your life.


Instead of focusing only on your body and weight, what if you focused on the other benefits of exercise that personally means something to you? Maybe exercise helps you sleep better or reduces your stress levels after a long day at work. Maybe it’s a way for you to be social and meet new friends!

Find reasons for exercising that aren’t weight-focused.


Be critical of diet advice you see popping up on your Instagram and TikTok.

I don’t say to stop looking at social media, but to filter through the information. According to this study that analyzed 1000 TikTok videos from 10 popular nutrition, food, and weight-related hashtags each with over 1 billion views […] Of all the videos under the hashtag #nutrition, 1.4% were created by registered dietitians, suggesting very little expert nutrition advice on the app. Users without professional knowledge are sharing nutrition tips that can be inaccurate, and often for the purposes of weight loss. These types of videos likely spread and encourage harmful dieting interventions to a vulnerable audience. Not every advice is bad or wrong, but the overwhelming majority of posts have no scientific information behind them and can be misleading and inaccurate.



UNLEARNING DIETING

All of these just reinforce that we have a serious problem and dieting doesn’t provide a solution, but what does is actually the opposite:

⭐️ UNLEARNING DIETING ⭐️


If you want personalized help, I’m super happy to help you lose those 10 pounds for good and get the body you want through my Breakthrough coaching program.


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