The ‘Diet Myth Baggage’

Wow, my mind has been blown over this weekend at the Metabolic Effect Summit in Manchester. I have so much information to digest, but at 5am this morning one particular idea stood out to me.

Diet Myth Baggage.

If you follow me on social media, you will have seen me touch on this already – but really it is a much bigger deal than we imagine. So what the heck is ‘Diet Myth Baggage’?

Diet Myth Baggage, is those dieting ‘strategies’ that we have been taught from a young age that are complete BS. All those ‘strategies’ that we justify, we repeat them year after year hoping for a different result – or just any result!

“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” – Einstein

You’ve seen this quote before right? It gets thrown around a lot on social media addressing the idea that we continue to do the same old thing, we make a ‘fresh start’ BUT we follow the same strategy – the diet myths repeat themselves. Over and over again.

Isn’t it kind of exhausting repeating the same weight loss strategy and getting the same results? I think it is. I have shared with you before, that whilst I certainly haven’t tried EVERY diet, I repeated the same diets at least two or three times before realising I had to do something different. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t wake up one day and say ‘Oh now I know what to do’ it has been a process, and this is the most important part of sustained weight loss. Did I have moments when I wanted to quit? Sure. I have experienced phases over the past six years where I lost my way, I lost who I was, and it took me a lot of work to drag my butt back to the gym. I don’t see this as quitting. I see this as part of my life, shit happens and it is how you deal with it that creates your passion and results.

Not every day is going to go the way we envisioned or planned. What is important is how you handle what life throws at you. That’s what defines you. – Lewis Hamilton

You may have seen the recent New York Times article about The Biggest Loser, and the simple version of this is that when these contestants were ‘tested’ six SHORT years later a majority of them had gained the weight back, and some had gained more weight back.

“Dieting makes us fat” 

You possibly dislike this statement. Dieting is supposed to ‘help’ us lose weight AND make us healthier right? Here’s The New York Times challenging this and I am suggesting that REPEATING the same diet over and over and over again is likely to be a direct reason why you cannot achieve sustained results.

This includes me, I am in this boat too, you are not alone.

 

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