Why I’m Giving Up Dieting

1.  God created our bodies with sensors to signal us when we’re hungry and when we’re full. 

2. Weight loss diets trained me to ignore my body’s signals, i.e. I routinely ate foods that didn’t necessarily appeal to me and stopped eating when I was still hungry.  

3. Restricting calories, carbs, and fats made me so hungry that I got to the point I would give up and eat everything in sight, so that I was alternately ravenous or stuffed.     

4.  Trying to follow diet plans, I spent thousands of non-eating hours focussing on food, which gave it unwarranted influence over my private eating as well as communal meals.

5. The desire to be a certain size and shape made me obsess over how to get there by dieting instead of accepting my body type as normal. 

6.  Although I succeeded in losing significant amounts of weight and actually got down to my “ideal weight” several times during the past 40 years, I always gained it back and a little more. 

7. Giving up dieting does not mean giving up on being healthy.  In fact, it’s just the opposite!  Giving up dieting means that I’m learning to listen to my hunger signals, am delighting in eating foods on “forbidden” lists as well as “approved” lists, and am enjoying the freedom from counting, weighing, and obsessing.  There’s so much more to life.

Thanks for reading!
©2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 by Norma Nill

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