Friday 3 June 2022
Maddi Parsons, Dietitian
The age old question that everyone seems to have an answer to… what is the best diet to lose weight?
Whether it’s keto, paleo, intermittent fasting, caveman or whatever the trending fad diet is currently, they all have one thing in common: they claim they are the answer to quick and significant weight loss.
Unfortunately, from a scientific point of view, they’re all pretty much equal when it comes to losing weight.
You can lose weight by cutting out bread just as well as you can lose weight by eating only bread. Read that again.
All diets work if put into the right context and permitting you stay sane for long enough to stick to them.
However, most (-ly all) diets are not sustainable. The best way to actually lose weight, and keep it off in the long term, is by not focusing on weight loss at all.
Sounds backwards right? Hear me out.
Think about all of the diets you have tried in the past. If restricting yourself and eating foods you don’t necessarily like helps you to lose weight and keep it off, wouldn’t you be at your goal weight by now? The magic lies when we switch the focus away from losing weight and instead improving our health.
Our bodies love to keep us at a stable weight and they’ll do almost anything to return to the weight they need to function properly. This is why binge eating is such an issue in chronic dieters and why ultimately and eventually diets fail us.
Stepping out of old habits that are so deeply ingrained in us can be tricky, I get it. But I am here to tell you you are not alone. If you are struggling with constant dieting and a poor relationship with food, getting support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian can help you heal your relationship with food.
If you or someone you know is affected by an eating disorder, check out the Butterfly Foundation website or call them on 1800 33 4673 .
Our Dietitian Maddi Parsons works with a non-diet approach and works alongside people to help them break free from dieting and inject flexibility, enjoyment and simplicity back into nutrition.
For more information on how to incorporate a non-diet approach to nutrition into your life or for personalised dietary advice relating to a medical condition or injury, book in for a consultation today.
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)