Just Another Reason Why Dieting To Look Better Is Pointless
March 13, 2015
If you haven’t realized it by now, diets don’t work. Shocker right?
And yes, “eating clean” is the still dieting if it’s purpose is to control or manipulate body weight. So lets just call a spade a spade. “Clean eating” is new millennium verbiage for “diet” since it is no longer cool to be on a diet.
No matter what you call it, trying to control your body weight through a restricted food intake is a recipe for frustration and an unhealthy fixation on food.
Diets don’t work because not only are diets just another way we attempt to control our body with our mind, diets also further the gap between our mind and our body. (See where I’m going with this?) As I said in last week’s post, when our mind is given the control and is dubbed the ruler of our body, nothing good comes of it, and yes, this includes our relationship with food. We may think we can outsmart our body but science says otherwise by providing a theory to challenge our calorie counting brains.
This theory is Set Point Theory.
Set point theory says our body will fight to maintain within a certain weight range where it is programmed to function optimally. And like it or not this weight range is very much out of our control. Just like height, eye color and hair color in which you have no control over; you also have no control over your set point weight range. Your set point is unique to you and is determined biologically (hormones) and genetically.
I see this all the time with my clients. Many times I will be working with a client whom is perfectly healthy and weight loss will not do anything to improve their current health status. Never the less, the client still wants to tone up for summer and proceeds to diet or eat clean (a diet that is not provided by me since that is out of my scope of practice and I don’t believe in them anyway). Initially weight begins to drop but then stalls or is regained after a period of time. And eventually the client is right back where they started but with a little more frustration and a lot more doubt concerning there progress with me.
Most people that go on a diet or “change their lifestyle” in order to lose weight for aesthetic reasons will initially lose weight.
But research and statistics show that most people end up regaining some if not all the weight back. This is a sign that the body is fighting to stay in its set point range. When body weight drops below its given set point range, both appetite and metabolism will adjust in order to return to the weight range where the body is healthiest and is operating optimally. The body is a smart cookie and like it or not, our body does not go by BMI charts or compare itself to magazine cover models. The mind does this.
Before I continue on, I need to say what I do not intend by this post. This post is not intended to place the responsibility of unhealthy behavior on genetics or justify unhealthy body weight on hormones. It is also not an excuse for you to not take care of your health. Health and body weight are two separate things. You can be unhealthy or healthy at a higher weight and you can be unhealthy or healthy at a lower weight. The important thing is that you are at a weight in which your body can operate optimally and function at its highest level physically and mentally. I’m not going to get into the hormonal end of this theory. But if you want to learn more, HERE is a great article about it.
So what should you do with this information?
Go and rip open a bag of candy and eat to our hearts content? NO! But you can eat candy in moderation if it’s OK for your body (no diabetes or blood sugar/insulin disorders). My intention for sharing this theory with you is to make you rethink your diet, clean eating, lifestyle change, ect. And to ask yourself:
Is my mind running the show?
And if so, how’s that working for me?
No matter how hard we fight it, our body knows what it needs and it’s the minds job to find enough stillness amongst all out brain chatter to hear its subtle and nurturing messages. We must let go of ego and trust that our body will let us know what we need to be nourished both mentally and physically. Which leads me to intuitive eating. Next week I will share with you what intuitive eating is and what it’s not. I will clear up a lot of the misconceptions about intuitive eating and also share with you how I learned the hard way that you can have too much of your favorite food.