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I want you to imagine something with me for a moment. You visit a doctor for a surgical procedure. It seems like everyone is having this procedure done, and it sounds like it is going to make your life so much better.

Before you let the guy have at you with a scalpel, you sit down with the doctor and ask about the risks and benefits.

Because you’re smart, you ask some tough questions: 

You: This procedure sounds amazing, but I have to ask, what is the chance that it will be successful?

Doc: 2 percent.

You: Wait, what? You mean that out of a hundred people…

Doc: Yes, two of the will get the results we’re anticipating.

You: So what if I don’t get the results, can we just try again?

Doc: Absolutely a lot of people do this procedure over and over again, but I have to warn you, each time you fail, you actually risk making the problem worse instead of better.

You: So if I keep doing this over and over again, and don’t get results, I could actually be going backwards, and further away from the results I’m looking for each time?

Doc: Exactly

You: Hmmm… that’s kinda sketchy. Are there any other side effects?

Doc: Well, now that you mention it, other side effects include hunger, misery, obsessive thoughts about the procedure, difficulty with impulse control, and if we really push it, you could also end up with a psychiatric condition….

You: Um… I think I’ll pass…

Doc: Are you sure? Everyone’s doing it!

Would you ever say yes to a procedure like this? If you haven’t figured out yet, the “procedure” we’re talking about here does not take place in a hospital, and doesn’t involve any scalpels. This procedure is the common modern pastime called dieting.

Here are the stats:

  • Two percent of people who go on a diet are able to lose the weight and keep it off permanently
  • Sixty six percent of people who go on a diet will actually gain more weight than they lose by the time the whole diet hullabaloo is over.

When I went on my first diet, my goals were simple: lose weight, look better, and feel better. But unfortunately, I wasn’t prepared for the results I actually got: obsession with food, confusion and guilt around eating, and weight gain!

Yup, that’s right. Once the diet ended I actually gained more weight than I had lost, making my baseline weight higher than ever.

You may have had a similar experience: You go on a diet with great expectations of losing weight and looking great. But when all is said and done, you’re back where you started plus a few extra “bonus pounds”. You feel like a failure. You decide to try again, this time with a different diet. You promise yourself you will “do it right” this time.

It might seem shocking that the aftermath of a diet includes “bonus pounds”, but it’s actually a scientifically proven phenomenon. If you want to predict weight gain, one of the surest ways is to look at the frequency of dieting.

Here’s an article from early 2015:

 Dieting increases likelihood of weight gain

 

To summarize from the highlighted section:

  • Go on a diet once over the course of the year, your odds of obesity nearly double, compared to if you didn’t diet.
  • Go on a diet more than once over the course of the year, your odds of obesity are nearly triple, compared to if you didn’t diet.
  • Diet continuously over the course of the year, and your odds of obesity are more than triple what they would be if you didn’t diet.

Now, from just below the part I highlighted:

Your chance of gaining weight is higher if you dieted over the course of the year.

Your chance of losing weight is higher if you didn’t diet over the course of the year.

Let me say that again: To increase your chances of losing weight permanently and easily, DO NOT DIET. Dieting does a number of things to mess up your attempt at a healthy, happy, and fit life:

  • Dieting changes your mindset around food: you develop a scarcity mindset that makes overeating inevitable.
  • Dieting changes your brain chemistry, making foods more appealing, or “addicting” as you will.
  • Dieting creates hormonal stress in your body that makes future weight loss even more difficult.
  • Dieting teaches you that your body can’t be trusted, and decreases your ability to understand your body’s actual nutritional needs.
  • Dieting depletes your willpower, takes over your life and makes the post-diet binge nearly inevitable.

If you want the best chance at lasting weight loss, commit now to never dieting again. Permanently.

We may think it’s harmless to just cut out carbs for a few weeks, join that point counting program one more time, or follow a meal plan until vacation. But each time you get back on the diet roller coaster, you make it a little bit harder to actually reach your goals permanently.

Diets can be alluring. They reel us in with their promise of thinness, perfection, and “this time will be different.” But beneath the hype there is the devastating truth that every diet leaves us a little more disconnected from our bodies and a little further from our goals.

Is it possible to lose weight, look great, and feel amazing without dieting? Absolutely! In fact, the only way to create permanent results is through a permanent lifestyle change that supports and honors your body.

If you’ve been dieting

If you’ve been restricting your food intake

If you’ve been fearing food

If you’ve been living in a food scarcity mindset

If you’ve been weighed down by guilt and regret around food and exercise

I want to invite you to a better way:

A way that supports your body, while diets fight against it.

A way that builds your confidence and self-esteem, while diets destroy it

A way that leads to lasting success, while diets decrease your likelihood of success.

Right now I’m in the process of creating Never Diet Again 2.0. That’s right, my step by step weight loss manual will be revamped, beefed up, wrapped with a pretty bow, and given away, once again, for FREE!

So I want to hear from you:

If you’ve read the guide, let me know in the comments:

What did you love?

What questions did you have?

What would you like me to include in version 2.0?

What would help you make the step by step plan a reality?

If you haven’t read the guide, get it free here, read it, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at www.youtrition.net.

 

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