There is a new buzzword out there: anti-diet (or reverse dieting). It has been around for a while but you just haven’t seen it before. Other names you may have heard are no-diet, non-diet, mindful eating, intuitive eating, and some others. It is about listening to your body – and yes, you can trust your body once it has learned it can trust you not to starve it again… although that may take a little time. Your body has learned that starvation is always coming if you are a repeat dieter. But you can get to that point. The diet industry has made people hate themselves into desiring to change by following rigid and ridiculous rules. This approach is all about loving ourselves into change with flexible and enjoyable guidelines!
Have you heard that diets don’t work?
Actually, all diets work. Any way you can dream up to cut calories will usually result in weight loss (assuming no underlying health conditions, sleep and stress are in check, you have a healthy gut microbiome, have not screwed up your metabolism from a history of chronic dieting, etc. etc. etc.). So go for it – paleo, atkins, intermittent fasting, no white foods, whatever – they all work until you stop following them.
Ah, there’s the catch. Who could follow any of them for a lifetime? So, diets only work short term. Health is not a short term proposition. Diets don’t work.
Health is a field overwhelmed with experts and more who claim to be experts. On one end of the spectrum is Diet Culture offering quick, easy ways to get skinny and ripped for no effort and a few bucks. At the other end of the spectrum are the anti-diet, non-diet, Health at Every Size®, body-positive, and No Body Shame approaches. And then there’s me.
Read more to learn about my journey as I research the health benefits of a weight-neutral approach.