It's the diet news that's nuts.....not a diet based on insanity, just in case you were confused by the title 😉.
Actually.....can you imagine that? "A diet that will make you insane! But we promise you'll lose weight!" I can't even fathom how many people would actually consider it..... cuz trust me when I say that there are people who would.
I had to pause there and think that one through. Was there any point in my life where I would actually agree to go temporarily insane in order to lose weight? And the answer was YES. I'm very sad for that version of Me. Desperate times, people. Desperate times.
Anywho! (Don't you just love people who say that?)
I've completed my sixth week on Lydia Wente's Beat the Binge program and I'm just so pleased with the entire process. My next post will explain how life changing it was for me in greater detail, but as of now I can tell you that I have NOT binged in over six weeks. It's the first time in over 20 years. I feel informed, educated, enlightened, supported, loved (yes, LOVED!) and free!
As I said, LIFE CHANGING.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here. I wanted to touch on two other topics today before I get into the subject of my progress. I want to be a little bit closer to the end of the program before I share that information, but trust me, it's coming!
First, a few people reached out to me about their confusion over whether overeating is the same as binging. It's not. To help you understand the difference, I made the quick video below:
So, what do you think? I imagine there are a number of people who refuse to accept that diets don't work, or that there isn't a magic pill/drink/program out there to take our weight loss woes away. That's completely understandable as many of us (and I say US because it was my way of thinking for 30 years as well) have put all of our hope into this one belief. It's our only salvation if we "ever want to find true happiness and the ability to love our bodies". That one diet/drink/program/pill is our Holy Grail! If not for that, what hope do we have???!
While we are busy spending money on trying everything that the diet industry is trying to shove down our throats (pun totally intended), the answer sits before us every moment of every day. And it's FREE. No joke. FREE.
As the diet industry pushes us over the edge of insanity, urging us to spend every waking moment planning and counting and buying helpful weight loss aids, inner peace and freedom stares back at us in the mirror. Unfortunately, most of us don't believe that this is even possible. In our minds, if we can't lose weight WITH the help of "science", how can we possibly do with WITHOUT?
The reality is that the true science is within us, but we keep messing with it. The "fake science" (not related to Trump's "fake news"), has tricked us into believing that we need their extra help, when the truth is that every time we take their extra help, we get further and further from our goal.
So, what am I getting at?
Our bodies know how to do "this" already. With the exception of some of us with medical issues, our bodies are built to keep us alive and healthy and in shape. The science behind the human body will help you with balancing your weight as long as you treat it well. We need to stop putting crappy food and metabolism- destroying substances into our bodies and let it do its job! Like a good employee, if you treat your body well, you will get good results!
Put good, healthy food in your body and it will run with peak performance. Stop with the "something better"! Every time you use "something better", you are pushing your body further from optimal performance and creating a longer recovery period when you finally figure all of this all out.
But you CAN do it. Give your body a chance to undo all of the "mystery miracles" that you've tried to enhance it, let your body regulate itself and do its job. It's very capable if you let just treat it well.
This next video is great! It's one of my favorites. I've been dying to share Lydia's video about what happens to your body after you stop restricting (i.e. dieting) or bingeing. If it doesn't click the first time, watch it again. After all, it's under 5 minutes and she's very entertaining! :-)
If you are like me and spent numerous years binge eating and dieting your way through life, PLEASE click here for Lydia's 5 Elements to End Binge Eating FREE Masterclass. She's so amazing and I just absolutely adore her. (More about that next time 😄)
Here are a few other interesting links that I thought you might enjoy......
Why Diets Don't Work....And What Does from Psychology Today
13 Experts Explain Why Diets Don't Work from BuzzFeed
A Neuroscientist Tackles 'Why Diets Make Us Fat' from NPR
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