Some people should definitely use a diet plan to lose weight. Are you one of them? Don’t be so sure.
Even though experts seems to think losing weight and becoming more fit is the “best” way to live, it’s definitely not right for everyone, and I’m here to play devil’s advocate and tell you:
10 Reasons why dieting for weight loss may NOT be best for you!
[box]You should NOT diet to lose weight because you’ll:[/box]
How many things in your life do you actually get to PASSIONATELY love? Breaking up your love affair with food is devastatingly hard if not impossible. You’re still gonna eat, and you’re gonna be faced with those foods you love over and over. You better have a really good reason, like genuine health issues, to train yourself to avoid or even to hate foods you currently love because there’s a very good chance you’ll end up with a horrible, unhealthy relationship with food.
Are you in good general health? Can you do all the things you love to do? Do you enjoy your daily activities? If you are, GREAT! You are successful and should be VERY proud of and satisfied with who you are no matter what your weight and fitness level—most of us cannot make these claims!
Chasing fad diets that pursue weight loss as all costs (questionable supplements, crash starvation dieting, surgeries when not needed) is a great way to harm your metabolism and hurt your general health, even if you lose weight.
Even if you could, what good would it do YOU to look like a bodybuilder, or a supermodel? A few compliments? Some new clothes? Is that worth the burden of maintaining that look, because that takes a LIFETIME of work and sacrifice. Plus, every time you gain a pound or two, you’ll feel like crap. Sounds really tempting, but unless someone wants to pay me the big bucks to get “all ripped up”, I’ll take the extra free time, a little paunch in my gut and my ice cream and donuts every day of the week!
Many diets have helped people meet their weight loss goals, only to watch these people celebrate for about 5 minutes then CHANGE those original goals to lose even MORE weight. It just seems the results are never good enough which leads to more frustration than it’s worth.
You started your diet at 150 pounds with a goal to lose 20 pounds. You lose 10 pounds down to 140 and are really happy and excited. A few more months of suffering and you make 130. YEA! Then the holidays come, you fall off the wagon and gain 10 pounds back. Now you weigh 140 again, but this time you feel HORRIBLE. You commit to even more pain to get back to 130 this time. Personally, I like the happy and excited you at 140 pounds when lost your first 10 pounds a lot more than the psycho weight loss fanatic you have now become at the same 140 pounds – I’d tell you to celebrate the 10 pounds you lost!
The weight loss and fitness industry’s representation that a thin, fit person who is neurotically obsessed with their weight and appearance, is somehow better than a HAPPY, generally healthy fat person is just plain BULLSHIT. (Sorry for the language, but this point justifies it). Gurus and their “successful” followers who constantly pass judgment on others that the only way to a better life is to look and be like them are people who should be avoided, not admired.
Hey, don’t hate the messenger! This is what the stats say happens to 9 out of 10 dieters.
Once people know you’re on a diet, you’ll feel embarrassed and self-conscious every time you choose food that you “shouldn’t be eating” . Every time you break your diet, and most certainly when you abandon your dieting efforts, you’ll feel guilt and shame. You’ll feel like a failure. Before you started your diet, these same daily disasters I just described were called sitting down to a nice meal, and you enjoyed it! Sure, you might not feel great about your reflection in the mirror, but you can avoid looking in the mirror. Not such an easy task to avoid eating!
Outside of improved health, what other goal is more important than happiness? If you’re already healthy and going to be miserable all day struggling to lose weight and keep it off in the hopes of future happiness, I say just relax and be happy now by avoiding the deprivation and restrictions of a diet.
So, before you start your next weight loss or fitness plan, please think about these 10 reasons for NOT dieting to losing weight. These reasons were the basis for my development of the EET Fitness Plan which, ironically, has led to more weight loss and fitness for me and others than I could have imagined. Maybe EET’s not right for you, but if you can’t find a sustainable plan that you truly believe outweighs (haha) these reasons, then save your time and your money, and go ENJOY YOUR LIFE! Because any weight loss you achieve is likely to do more harm than good.