What yo-yo dieting is doing for you + your Part 1 homework.
Speaking of homework (that I never did), do you remember 5th grade science class and Newton’s law of motion? To be honest , I had to Google it because I am pretty sure I sat next to a really cute guy in class and well…I didn’t pay any attention.
Anyways, the law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
I bet Newton was totally thinking of Find Your Strong & dieting when he was developing his genius! Ok, probably not. BUT, as it’s a law of nature, it does apply to all things.
If you go on a diet that feels super restrictive, automatically the reaction to that is going to be equal and opposite to that feeling of restriction. In other words, the more deprived you feel, the more you will feel like overindulging in 8 Skinny Cows and 6 Hot Pockets.
>Here’s the basic formula:
ACTION (Restrictive Dieting) = REACTION (Indulgent /Binge eating)
It’s kinda like a pendulum. An extremely restrictive diet is like pulling that swing up as high as it will go. As soon as you let go (also known as stopping your diet—and ladies—we all know that is bound to happen at some point!) that pendulum is going to swing alllllllllll the way to the other end. Hard.
OH SHIZ. It’s based on a law of nature. We unfortunately can’t disagree with nature.
We don’t initially want to believe this, because well, we are woman, and woman believe “more is better”. Moderation isn’t sexy so we often choose the hardcore route.
Women come to me from eating 800 calories/day with 2 hours of cardio to binging horribly & hating the gym & their bodies. They literally went from feeling like a badass Superwoman to a having a horrible relationship with food. They hit absolute rock bottom & now their metabolism is a LITTTTTLE angry. And by a little… I mean very.
The crazy thing is I used to be that girl. I’m super empathetic to this topic, because I’ve lived at rock bottom. Enduring the deprive binge roller coaster was one of the hardest times of my life.
If this is something you’re struggling with, I want you to get a little vulnerable.
Part 1 of this series is your homework.
Print or type your answers. Be honest here. No one is reading this…unless you click contact and copy and paste this in to fill us in 🙂
>Take a moment to think about how much influence dieting or the need to be a certain weight has had on what food choices you make.
1. Write a little about what type of food you would eat if you weren’t worrying about your weight.
2. Is it possible to eat your favorite foods in moderation and still maintain your ideal weight? Do you feel the all or nothing mindset is the only way?
3. Do you have food FOMO? This is essentially believing you’ll never enjoy your favorite “bad” food again, so you may as well have 10 slices or THE WHOLE CAKE.
4. How many times have you “messed up” on a diet, so you threw the entire effort out all together, leading to eating that ended up feeling out of control?
5. Are you caught up in any habits or rituals that speak to the “All or Nothing” behavior of a diet? (Starting “on Mondays”, eating “good” during the week and binging on the weekends, etc.)
6. What would it feel like to be told that there was no more “on” and “off” with regards to eating…but rather it was an ongoing improvement process?