The Diets

  • Low fat
  • Calorie deficit
  • Low Carb
  • Low GI
  • Ketogenic
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Vegetarian diet (Vegetarian / Vegan)
  • Juicing

etc etc etc

These diets can be promising successful for many people. Some, such as vegetarian/vegan diet and intermittent fasting or just focusing on healthy eating and avoiding unhealthy foods, can be a lifestyle option. The rest are usually a more temporary solution with some exceptions that come to solve perhaps a deeper issue.

Of course, some diets can be suggested for health issues or for better athletic performance, but most diets have a one clear goal: Weight Loss!

And those who reach their weight-goal will probably stop it and return to old habits. In fact, what it is very common that somebody will set a goal to lose 2-3 kilos on top of their real goal in order to having the allowance to put those kilos on holidays, vacations, etc. Which fails most of the time and the person on the diet ending up putting back all the weight he lost in a relatively short time; sometimes and double the weight he lost. And many times, this cycle is repeated over and over again exhausting people and lowering their basic metabolism, resulting in less burning.

And of course, there will be some (a low percentage) who will have complete discipline and will remain faithful to the new eating habits and will never relapse. However, the largest percentage will follow the vicious circle. Because the control, restrictions and success of a diet does not last forever in contrast to the psychological effects it can cause.

What I would like you to ask yourselves is:

  • What are the deeper reasons I want to go on a diet?
  • What will I achieve beyond weight loss?
  • Will I be able to follow this diet for a lifetime?
  • How will this diet affect my daily life, work, sleep, physical exercise, social life (yes when we come back to it again), relationships etc etc?
  • How will I feel when I achieve my goal?

My advice is:

  • Avoid focusing only on the weight goal but also on the emotions that this diet that you have chosen brings to you.
  • Accept your body before you start a diet so you can help it glow
  • Instead of: I am on a diet to lose weight.
  • choose to say: I follow a healthy diet to improve my health and my image.
  • Choose a diet that could be part of a normal diet and could be used for life.

…And of course I am here to assist you and support you to discover your inner and outer beauty.

Don’t hesitate to contact me for a free mini chat.

About Illona
About Illona

Illona, founder of Balance your Body and Mind, is a holistic nutritionist holding a BSc. in Nutrition & Dietetics, MSc. in Clinical & Public Health Nutrition: Eating Disorders from University College of London. She also holds the NCFED Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders & Obesity award and in Childhood Eating Disorders & Obesity.

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