Ditch the Diet

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Our relationship with food has been shaped by a century of misleading marketing and diet trends. About 100 years ago, we saw the rise of processed foods and with it, a wave of aggressive food marketing. From the low-fat craze to the rise of low-carb diets like Atkins, Paleo, and Keto, the same dietary concepts have been repackaged over and over again, maintaining their hold on our collective consciousness.

Rise of Fad Diets

For well over a century, these messages have been ingrained in our minds, influencing how we perceive our bodies and what we should eat. Consequently, we’ve drifted away from our natural inclinations and internal cues, facing self-doubt and constant comparisons. Amid this barrage of information, discerning between genuine nutritional advice and baseless claims has become a challenge

Fad diets became popular because our society created a perceived weakness in us, making us feel unhealthy, too big or little, or not the right shape. And the decades of misinformation about nutrition made us confused and doubtful, more likely to accept fad diets as a solution. With this self-consciousness, doubt, and shame, we feel desperate and readily jump on the next bandwagon diet that comes our way. But they do not solve our problems, as these “lose weight fast diets” are short lived by nature. They are not created to be sustainable, or even healthy, and are only designed for one thing: rapid weight loss. Not necessarily, loss of fat, but loss in general- most rapid weight losses are not mostly water loss or, worse, muscle wasting, making you physically weaker.

Carbs are not the devil. Neither is fat.

It’s important to recognize that any diet advocating for the complete exclusion of a food group, unless medically warranted, lacks balance and long-term health benefits.

Carbs, just like fats, are not the enemy. Every food holds a unique combination of nutrients, intended to complement each other within our bodies. Achieving overall well-being requires incorporating all these elements in varying proportions, not excluding them entirely from our eating pattern.

So, for the love of carbs, eat what you like. Eat what you need. Listen to your body and how it feels.  Find a balance that works for you.

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Diet? An outdated concept

It’s time to appreciate the value of carbs and make food choices based on our individual preferences and bodily needs. Tuning into your body’s signals and reflecting on the motivations behind your dietary decisions – whether influenced by emotions, habits, culture, or vanity – fosters a healthier relationship with food. It’s essential to remember that these reasons are valid, as food choices stem from diverse factors. By understanding your motivations, you can take steps towards making conscious choices that align with your true intentions.

Ultimately, this process leads to more mindful eating, where you prioritize what your body craves both physically and emotionally. Over time, this practice empowers you to shed the harmful teachings society has ingrained and find harmony with food. It’s about realizing that food isn’t inherently “good” or “bad”; it’s merely sustenance that fuels your body and mind.

Let’s embark on a journey of self-discovery and liberation from dieting myths. By embracing balanced eating, listening to our bodies, and making choices based on our genuine desires, we can break free from the shackles of diet culture. It’s time to declare our love for carbs – and all foods – while fostering a healthier, more positive relationship with our bodies and what we consume.

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