Dieting can be a major problem because they often require you to follow strict guidelines with regards to what, how and when you eat. They don’t, however, do much to help you understand and listen to your body and its internal cues. Diets can give you anxiety about your calorie consumption. Cutting calories is one of the keys to weight loss but it is not the only one.
Ditching the restrictive diet concept and adopting mindful eating habits is a much more sustainable way to shed pounds. It allows you to think about the nutritional value of your food while paying attention to what your body is telling you it needs and/or wants. Some days, you will need a little more food than you do on other days and that’s okay.
Here are 7 signs your Diet may be too restrictive:
1. You avoid parties because you can’t eat anything that is being served.
Solution: Enjoy yourself and take nibbles of the foods that really tempt you. If something doesn’t taste so great to you, don’t eat it. On the flip side, if it tastes wonderful, allow yourself to indulge in a reasonable way.
2. You struggle with dessert, telling yourself you “shouldn’t” but you “want it.”
Solution: Dessert is a tough one. Instead of thinking about how you shouldn’t be eating it, think about the way it tastes. By doing this, you may find that you only need to eat half of it which leaves the other half for another time!
3. All of your meals from the past month have been nutritious and healthy but you can’t think of any that you actually enjoyed.
Solution: Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor and taste. Merge your desire to be healthier with your desire to eat delicious food. It is okay to add a little pinch of brown sugar to your morning oats or dip your raw veggies in a little bit of hummus. Experiment!
4. You are constantly eating celery or carrot sticks because you are always hungry.
Solution: A diet that leaves you hungry is leading you on a path to failure. Instead of eliminating whole food groups from your diet, try to find a way to cut 500 calories from the way you normally eat. Break it up through the day by cutting 100 calories from each meal and snack. You will still lose weight and you will be able to maintain the loss much longer.
5. You’re afraid to eat out at restaurants.
Solution: Whether or not you are trying to lose weight, restaurants can be scary!
When you are trying to lose weight remember that you don’t have to clean your plate. Restaurant portions can be huge - only eat until you are satisfied and take the rest home.
6. You order the dish on the menu with the fewest calories knowing you won’t enjoy it.
Solution: Calorie labels offer you guidance. You may not want to consume a meal over 1000 calories but that doesn’t mean you can’t order it once in a while. You can always eat half of it and take the rest home.
7. You force yourself to use skim milk because it saves 10-30 calories.
Solution: Skim milk has 90 calories per cup, 1% has 100 and 2% contains 120. Those are pretty tiny differences. Drink the one that makes you happy
Being restrictive with your diet creates an obsession with the numbers and little else. So much about losing weight and getting healthy has to do with how you feel. Anxious Dieting will not be effective in the long run. Be mindful and allow yourself to eat small amounts of whatever you want.
What is your dieting experience?
Khyrunnessa Rabbani - I am perfectly imperfect! Passionate believer if you love your body and yourself and the rest will fall into place.