Everywhere we turn, there is advice on how to lose weight. We are bombarded with tried and true diets touted from the front covers of magazines to fad diets heralded as the next new weight loss technique.
We live in a diet culture. If you put twenty people together in a room, the majority of them will have been on a diet or are currently on a diet. Dieting has become the new normal and as a result, it may have become part of who you are.
Most people don’t realize how narrow their world has become when it comes to dieting. They don’t understand that they’re simply on yet another diet because they haven’t taken a step back and looked at the big picture.
If you’re a chronic dieter, it means that you have spent untold years on a diet. You might think that it’s no big deal to live the kind of life where you focus on dieting.
But what you don’t realize is that your life can be overtaken by one diet after another. You can become so focused on counting the calories, obsessing over food that it restricts your life.
You can focus on chronic dieting to the point that foods are identified as good or bad. That creates a mindset of food restriction which is one of the underlying causes of failure to lose weight.
People who are chronically dieting will often fail to see that their weight loss goals aren’t normal. Instead, when they decide to lose weight, they have a magical number in mind that they want to reach.
It doesn’t matte if that number is wrong for their bone structure or if that weight isn’t realistic. They are linking their self worth, their happiness to that number and they can’t see anything but reaching that goal.
This mindset can cause you to fail at one diet and turn right around and start another. You may also consider and start fad diets that can damage your health.
When it comes to chronic dieting, some people mistakenly believe that if they “fall off the wagon” then they’re technically not dieting. During this time where they don’t see themselves as dieting, the past food deprivation feelings kick in and they will often binge eat what they didn’t allow themselves to have before.
If you’re someone who engages in chronic dieting, it means that your diets are open ended. You don’t set your focus on an end goal. You just keep dieting hoping to reach a number that will give you inner happiness.