Anorexia, Anorexia Athletica, Bingeing, Bulimia, Calorie Counting, Diets, Exercise Bulimia, Food Restriction, Gwyneth Olwyn, HAES, Intuitive Eating, Junkfood Science, Minniemaud Guidelines, Obesity Myth, Orthorexia, Restrictive and Reactive Eating, Slow Metabolism, Starvation Diet Study, Weight Loss, Your Eatopia
Do you want to know why over 95% of diets fail? Do you want to get off the diet roller-coaster for good? These sites opened my eyes to the reality of just how backwards the standard model of eating less to lose weight is, and why dieting causes weight gain, hence the over 95% failure rate of dieting. When you stop to think about it, a higher than 95% failure rate for dieting should be a huge red flag, yet many continue to do it day after day because they don’t know any other option. Here is the other option:
The blog, Junkfood Science, has information that debunks the myths surrounding health, weight, body size, and dieting. A great post to start with is How We’ve Come to Believe That Overeating Causes Obesity. I like this site, and sites like it, because it shows that one does not technically have to be diagnosed with an eating disorder for the information on restrictive eating to apply. When I first began reading Gwyneth’s site (see paragraph below), I initially had doubts about whether or not the information applied to me since I did not have an eating disorder, but as I began to find more information from sites like Junkfood Science, I began to realize that the physical reality of restrictive eating (the damage done to the body from any amount or form or dieting/restriction, and the healing that the body needs to go through, no matter how little or how much, as a result) applies to everyone no matter where you find yourself on the restrictive eating spectrum. Whether you’re a chronic dieter, or have a medically linked eating disorder, the physical process of recovery applies to everyone. So, if you’re having doubts about whether or not any of this information applies to you since you “only diet”, put your doubts to rest and fully embrace the truth that this information applies to everyone and begin your healing/recovery process and release yourself from the lies and slavery of dieting. Nobody is meant to diet, however mild or severe the form.
Gwyneth, at Your Eatopia, specializes in helping people to overcome eating disorders. If you don’t have an eating disorder, don’t let the fact that it’s aimed at people with eating disorders keep you from reading her blog, because much of it also applies to those of us who are trapped in the never ending diet roller-coaster. No matter what your current weight is, because dieting is restrictive behavior, damage to the metabolism, and other diet related symptoms, can be resolved following the Minniemaud guidelines. Many people have discovered, unbeknownst to them, that they actually fall within the eating disorder spectrum after reading Gwyneth’s blog. So, whether you’re a dieter, or your eating restrictions go beyond standard dieting methods, this site has nuggets of information for everyone. Be sure to read her fat series, food post, calorie post , bingeing post , and other bingeing post while you’re there.
I want to highlight, and encourage you to read, this more recent post from Gwyneth, Basic Weight and Obesity Facts. Understanding the fundamentals of this issue, which seems to be the main point that everyone seems to be arguing about, will provide a great foundation from which to read and understand other articles on this topic.
The reality is, some individuals may settle at a weight that is different than they are/were expecting. This is important to understand when entering recovery/ending dieting, so that you go into it with a more realistic view of what may happen. Some gain weight, some don’t gain weight/lose weight; some gain a little weight, some gain a lot of weight; some settle at a weight they expected, some settle at a weight higher/lower than they expected. The point is, everyone is different, and how each person’s body responds to recovery/ending dieting will be different. Nobody can tell you what will happen to you, and where you will end up. Some may be able to accept this, some not, which is okay. Each of us has to make that decision for ourselves, and respect each person’s right to make that decision for themselves.
I think it should be noted here that “bingeing/overeating” as a result of negative emotional scarring that develops because of emotional/mental/physical/sexual abuse, etc., should be addressed with the help of a therapist who supports the disordered eating/diet recovery healing process. One who only supports the eat less, move more philosophy won’t do you as much good.
Intuitive Eating is an approach, also respected and recognized as a healthy approach to eating, that is recommended only after your eating and appetite cues have returned to normal. Trying to eat intuitively before healing can delay your progress. It’s impossible to follow hunger and appetite cues when they are messed up from years of dieting. As you begin to eat intuitively, make sure that you don’t start to slip in calories and subsequently decrease your metabolism – low body temperature, cold extremities, tiredness, sleep disturbances, etc. If you begin to have these signs, increase your food intake, especially easy to digest foods.