Diets on the rise

WHO'S been on a diet before - lost weight, regained weight and done the whole thing over again?

The word "diet" has evolved. It used to summarise your daily assortment of nutrients or food intake, but over the years has become more about restriction, starvation and deprivation.

We're seeing a rise in many popular diets and ways of living: paleo, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, low carb/high fat, and so on. For many, eating a certain way is due to ethical, religious or allergic/inflammatory reasons.

For a large majority though, following a diet may have little more reasoning than because it's popular - and well, just maybe this time it will work.

When we restrict and deny nourishment to our body, we often wrestle with cravings, tiredness and mood swings. We try a diet that a friend lost weight on, or one that a celebrity follows, not really considering if it's suitable for our own individual needs.

The key point to remember is that diets will mostly work when adhered to as written, but they are not a sustainable or enjoyable way of losing weight and improving health in the long-term. A sage approach is to be mindful of your hunger and satiety signals and stop looking outside of yourself for the answers.

No aspect of "dieting" will teach you about long-term peace between mind and body. And it certainly won't help you figure out what's going on behind your eating habits.

If you're not listening to your wisest counsel (your body), how will you ever get off the diet-food-weight-mood-stress roller-coaster?

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