Has anyone else noticed that the ads promoting rapid weight loss have increased exponentially during the lead up to the New Year? Companies are trying to capitalize on people overindulging over the holidays and setting New Year's Resolutions to lose weight. In today's "thin is better" culture, the promise of weight loss can be appealing BUT did you know that when it comes to losing weight, one third to two-thirds of the weight lost is regained within one year and almost all (or more) is regained within five years? Furthermore, health can be improved through behaviour change regardless of weight change.
Often the New Year's Resolutions we set are too extreme to be realistic. Unfortunately, just because it's a new year doesn't mean we can flick a magic switch and all of a sudden we'll be able to radically change our diet or squeeze in an extra hour of exercise into an already busy schedule. If you are looking for an actual fresh start this year, ditch the diet and focus on things you can actually control:
Participating in physical activity that makes you feel good
Eating more fruits and vegetables
Getting more fibre into your diet
Going to bed a bit earlier and getting more sleep at night
Drinking more water
Remember to make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-framed). Rather than trying to make big changes all at once, you're better off to start with something small and build on it throughout the year. If your ultimate goal is for 2020 to be your healthiest year yet, focusing on changing behaviours, regardless of whether your weight changes, is key. Your weight does not dictate your health or your worth. Don't let anyone tell you differently.
If you’ve been on multiple diets during your lifetime and have vowed with each one that this diet will be the last one, only to have it end with guilt and shame and a vow to do better next time, you may be stuck in the diet cycle.
If you follow my work, you know that I am a huge believer in Intuitive Eating and making eating decisions based on how your body feels. That being said, I find that having a basic framework to build balanced meals can help take some of the pressure off meal planning, while still providing the opportunity to make decisions in the moment based on what your body needs right now, and what you have upcoming in your day.
It's no secret that the way I practice Dietetics and the work I do with my clients changed A LOT when my daughter was born. Last week I recorded my first ever podcast with Marie-Pier from The Balanced Dietitian Podcast where I talked a little bit about my journey towards intuitive eating and weight-inclusive care and how becoming a mom played a large roll in my journey. We also chatted about the challenges that new moms can face and how intuitive eating can help support your postpartum journey.