Try a little self-care instead.
- Weight focused goals tend to feel punitive and tedious. Health and wellness goals (which will result in weight loss as a side-effect) tend to be more positive and “feel good.”
- Diets are “Just Do It!” formulas – often a list of polar opposites like “good foods” and “bad foods.” This is part of the dieting mentality that sets people up to feel like “I blew it, so it no longer matters,” even if the “mistake” is a very small one like a single bit of a cookie. Perfection is a lofty goal!
- Diets do not generally create lasting changes. Then people are left feeling shameful and disappointed.
- Typical diets often encourage dramatic changes that require relatively great sacrifice. This often leads to reactive over-eating out of a feeling of deprivation. (Studies show this over and over, yet diets continue to appeal because of their quick results.)
- New Year’s resolutions play into the dieting mentality of black/white thinking by creating an opportunity to atone for “sins” of the holidays. No need to atone! Overeating is not a sin. Start practicing more self-compassion and self-care. Now there’s a great resolution!