• Monique Jephcote

Why Diets Don't Work



Audio: ‘Why Diets Don’t Work’ - Excerpt from Train Happy by Tally Rye. Specific excerpt reading from Nutritionist & Author, Laura Thomas.

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The Evidence based framework - Health At Every Size - is NOT saying “everyone IS healthy, nomatter their size”. It IS saying, however, that our behaviours are far more predictive of our health outcomes than our weight (I urge you to challenge the cultural belief that weight = health). Listening to this (yes all 9 mins!) video is a good start.

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Diets don’t work because of the complex physiological & psychological processes that take place in our bodies when we restrict our calorie intake below our body’s needs. Our bodies can’t tell that we are in

a voluntary food deficit, it just assumes that food is scarce.

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What happens then? Have a listen🏼

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An understanding of the human body including its metabolic processes allows for one to understand quite swiftly why diets / restriction don’t work long term. One may understand this but find it challenging to accept if we haven’t dismantled any of our own internalised weight stigmas / the role diet culture & the diet mentality plays in our own lives.

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People & companies that insinuate that diets don’t work because of ones “lack of willpower or control” is so deeply misinformed that it’s genuinely painful to listen to.

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The idea that if people were ‘controlled’ & ‘strict’ enough to stay on a diet, that “maybe if you were disciplined enough, then it could mean long term weight loss” is harmful, demoralising & scientifically incorrect. This sort of thing is adding to a current epidemic of Eating Disorders (ED’s are psychiatric illnesses with Anorexia Nervosa = highest death rate of any psychiatric illness). Many people also believe Eating Disorders have a “look” and this is simply not true. We’re in a crisis, and diet culture & weight stigma are at the forefront.

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My guess is these individuals stating the above insinuations don’t spend their days getting in the trenches with people (& I’m glad they don’t) & perhaps may not hold an understanding of the complex physiological & psychological processes that prevail when you eat below your body’s needs or the cascade of hormones that are produced when you are hungry.

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Let me leave you with some final food for thought.

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What’s the very opposite of not staying on a diet for the rest of your life? OR what would it mean to be staying on a diet for the rest of your life? = An Eating Disorder.

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In what world exactly is an Eating Disorder healthy? ..... & yet, our culture almost endorses this. We have a deep amount of work to do.

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You can start by reflecting on any internalised weight stigma you hold, and if a diet mentality is present in your life (reach out if you need).

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Dieting (in all of its sneaky forms) equals disconnection. So, rest assured, you are psychologically healthy if you cannot stay on a diet.

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Nutrition is a science, but eating is a behaviour.

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Some final thoughts: It would be one thing if dieting was a pain in the ass but it worked, but it doesn’t even work. And if diets worked, why would we need so many of them? By the time you’ve added all the diets that exist together, there’d be nothing left allowed for you to eat.

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Time to throw dieting in the trash can & learn how to eat for yourself without a side of diet culture This is pretty well the most solid decision you could make for your health!

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The Intuitive Dietitian xx

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