Dieting is that thing you do when you say no to your favourite foods, chocolates, or even maybe carbs, fats, et al. Tiring isn’t it? The long list of foods that you cannot eat. But you tell yourself, its only until you lose x pounds or few inches from the waist. Well, guess what your ‘diet’ will make you – tired, depressed and also maybe angry. You will end up cursing yourself for having no will-power and for giving in to cravings. This is what is wrong with your diet:
1. You can’t eat your favourite foods: This leads to deprivation and the feeling of sacrifice. You need to wait to eat your favourite foods until the diet is ‘over’. This makes the diet temporary and not something you can do for a long period of time.
2. When you slip up, you go overboard and have a full binge: Slipping up on your diet is something you will do once in a while. But you have that one oreo biscuit or french fry and then another and another until you have had them all. It might get worse and you say to yourself, that ‘I will start the diet again tomorrow, today I Eat’. And there goes your effort of last few days. You go overboard from what could have been only 1 oreo biscuit. This is all result of the deprivation feeling from point 1.
3. Your eating habits are the same in the long run: So your diet is over and you managed to lose some weight and your old pair of jeans are also now fitting nicely. Ok, now back to the old routine. You had restricted yourself from going out with friends all this while and now you can party, go to the new restaurant, try the new patisserie, life is good! But only for a week, when the weight comes back on and boom – back to square 1. The diet starts again next week!
All this sounds depressing. You deprive yourself for days and if you slip up even once in this time, your self esteem and confidence goes out of the window. But if you manage to somehow survive this period of deprivation, it is only short lived as only a few days of your old habits will put you back where you started.
I was stuck in this rut for years while in school and college. For me it was about ‘not’ putting on weight. In refusing to eat even three meals properly, I did not realise the roller coaster that I was on. Followed by a day of ‘I am not hungry’ and ‘I don’t want to eat this and that’, etc the late night cravings were crazy!
Along the way, though, my relationship with food changed. Now after 15 years, I wear the same size jeans as in school but today I am physically stronger and with almost zero cravings. My diet is fairly regular and I have never felt more full of energy, healthy and fit. If you are also on this ‘ ‘diet’ roller coaster where indulging yourself seems like a sin, you should read about How to Get Your Diet Back on Track.