Where do you go when you’ve sworn off dieting?
Where is there to go when you’ve tried not dieting and got fatter, and tried dieting and got fatter too? Is there a way to actually end the obsession for good?
My next project is going to be researching this. I have plenty of time now as my biggest client ever-so-kindly dumped my ass with no notice yesterday, so I don’t have to set aside two days a week to work for them. I want to help lovely FatPhrocks and Wingz too, as some of you might know I do help them out too and with limited tools (basically Facebook and Twitter) getting the word out there isn’t easy. But I digress. That’s work.
No, I want to see if there’s a way to unlearn the stuff that’s keeping me fat. I have a hunch that it’s going to be brain rewiring that I need. I’ve been chatting online about this with friends all week and we all agreed dieting doesn’t work. And that every time we try it, it makes us want to eat more and think about food all the time. So the logical solution would be to reverse the psychology and deliberately NOT diet. Theoretically that should mean we don’t really care about what we eat, and just eat a bit of what we fancy, what we need and what tastes nice. Binging would be pointless if we weren’t always dieting – what’s the point of stuffing your face to the point where you feel horrible if you know you can eat whatever you like tomorrow anyway – there’s no point finishing the biscuits off if you’re not banning yourself from eating them again tomorrow.
So what’s stopping us?
We’re brainwashed. Constantly and every day. Not even just by magazines and TV and Internet, but by friends and family, by posters we see, everything points to the desperate need to lose weight and to diet. So when we try to reverse the psychology, there’s an avalanche of opposing information coming at us. Fat fat fat, diet diet diet. Obesity. Diabetes. Blah blah. We can’t escape it, and it’s very hard to ignore it.
If we could reprogramme ourselves to forget all the lies we’re told about healthy food -vs- unhealthy, we’d eat what we actually wanted rather than what we thought we should eat or were being compulsively driven to eat. Nobody knows what’s healthy or unhealthy – that ordinary potato is healthy according to the government but not to all the people who think we need to ban sugar. Meat is fantastic if you’re on the Paleo diet. If you’re a vegan you’ll have oodles of reasons why it’s very bad for you though. Fruit is always good for you, right? Not if you want to keep your sugar levels down. No bananas for you!
It’s madness. And every day we’re assaulted with a zillion messages confusing us even more about what to eat, how much to eat and so on.
Reprogramming. That’s what we need…