How many diets have you been on in your lifetime? What have those diets given you? If you’re like me, dieting has just given you grief. You see temporary results only to find yourself brought down again as the weight creeps back up. I’m tellin’ ya… diets are bullies!

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Diets Take Your Money

Pills, gimmicks, and special foods all come at a cost. USNews news stated, “According to data by Marketdata Enterprises, a market research firm that specializes in tracking niche industries, Americans spend north of $60 billion annually to try to lose pounds, on everything from paying for gym memberships and joining weight-loss programs to drinking diet soda.”

I’m ashamed to say that I have personally contributed thousands of dollars to those billions. I (literally) bought into the hype of many as-seen-on-TV exercise tools and “lose weight instantly” shakes. Yes, many of them did give me results, but they were impossible to maintain in everyday life. Focusing on one muscle group won’t give you instant abs and taking a pill to lose weigh won’t teach you the habits you need to keep losing and maintain that loss.

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Diets Taunt You

Nearly every diet that causes some sort of restriction will cause you to lose weight. The problem is that the weight loss taunts you into thinking it works, but as soon as you stop the restrictive diet you gain the weight back. I’ll say it again… taking a pill to lose weigh won’t teach you the habits you need to keep losing and maintain that loss. We all want to lose weight quickly, but the key to long-term, lasting results is learning to take on a healthy lifestyle… not another lose weight quick scheme.

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Diets Beat You Up

It’s a fact that fad dieting leads to constant ups and downs in your weight. This takes a huge toll on your body and your emotional state. Yo-yo dieting increases the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your risk of disease. The cortisol then makes it harder for your body to lose weight. Many of these fad diets also end up reducing muscle mass, which also decreases your body’s ability to lose. Dieting can even lead to a shorter lifespan than those who don’t jump from diet to diet.

The key to weight loss is not in short-term fixes but in long-term lifestyle changes. Start with small changes that are easy to maintain and then build on them. Replace one can of soda or sweetened coffee with a glass of water each day. Experiment with one new vegetable each week. Try going meatless for a meal or two. Make over your favorite recipe with a lighter alternative. Track your meals for a week and see what you really are eating. Find just ten minutes in your day to get some cardio… even if it means taking a walk on your lunch break.

The diet bully needs to be removed your life. Time to fight back! Stop letting the bully smack you around and take charge!

What are some tips you have to shake off the diet bully?

What has and has not worked to help you lose weight and keep it off?

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