Recognizing the MANY Reasons Why Diets Simply Don’t Work
(Hint: It’s NOT your fault!)
The average woman will go on 61 diets by the time she is 45 years old.
95% of the time, those diets will cause you to gain back 100% of the weight you lost, within 1-2 years. 87% of the time, you will gain back even more weight than you lost, after EVERY diet cycle.
Teenagers who diet have been found to be 324% more likely to struggle with weight issues as an adult, including chronic obesity.
And, as our nation’s growing obsession with weight and weight loss continues to grow, so does our country’s epidemic of weight-related health concerns, such as fatty liver disease, diabetes, and heart disease. All made worse by the act of repetitive, ineffective yo-yo dieting.
The heartbreaking reality is that trying to control your weight and/or lose weight through the act of dieting is simply ineffective, regardless of which of the “latest or greatest” diets you choose!
These statistics and more have led researchers to declare, “the simple act of dieting is one of the most powerful indicators of future problems with weight.”
Because Diets Don’t Work, we created TheHealthyWeighOut Approach to Nutrition!
If you are like so many of the participants who have gone through our workshops and à la carte Emotional and Nutritional services, you probably have tried every diet out there in search of the “answer” to your chronic overeating.
With so many diets and so few results, it is not unusual for participants to come in feeling demoralized, shameful, and/or confused about their relationship with food. They think there is something wrong with them, that they must be “broken” due to the fact that they “failed,” once again, to conform to their latest diet.
Other times, contradictory advice about what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat has left them feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. Once again, feeling “humiliated” by their perceived inability to “control” their eating behavior through dieting.
At TheHealthyWeighOut, we know that diets don’t work and that you certainly are NOT a failure! We felt strongly that it was time to give our determined clients a chance to be successful at meeting their health and nutritional goals, and we knew that it had to be done by creating an effective alternative to dieting!
We’ve created a way to control your food cravings and eliminate your emotional & binge eating that doesn’t include dieting…because YOU don’t fail diets. Diets fail you.
A Hopeful Solution: Sustainable Change IS Possible!
At TheHealthyWeighOut, we feel it’s important to bring our participants back to the reasonable, successful foundational science of nutrition ~ what we know from science about how the body uses food to stay healthy and function at an optimal level. Forget about gimmicks, quick-fixes, and fad diets. We are committed to teaching you the what, when, how, and why of eating so that your body can achieve – and maintain – optimal physical functioning.
Based on cutting-edge neuropsychological and biological research about the brain-gut connection, our program empowers you to understand your body’s nutritional needs so that you can become an informed and conscious (not deprived!) eater.
From Structure to Intuition
For most of our participants, restoring nutritional health first requires a structured, non-dieting approach to planning and executing meals. After years of yo-yo dieting, your body yearns for a predictable pattern of nourishment that will facilitate the replenishing of nutrients and ignite healthy metabolic functioning. Our program helps you establish a daily meal structure that consists of nutrients your body needs in foods that you enjoy.
With the continued practice of structured eating, your metabolism slowly “wakes up” and begins to naturally develop its own natural rhythm around food and eating ~ telling you what and when to eat. You are then ready to move to the next step within our program, which is learning the fundamental principles of Intuitive Eating.
What is “Intuitive Eating?” Intuitive eating is the long-term, end goal for all participants in our program and is an approach to food and eating that will bring you emotional and nutritional relief without ever having to diet again!
Intuitive Eating: How “Freedom from Food” is Found!
An effective alternative to crash diets, Intuitive Eating is a gentle, non-depriving, non-dieting approach to food that helps you to successfully stop problematic diet-overeat-diet-overeat eating cycles.
Intuitive Eating embraces the following key principles:
- Diets are never the answer. They only set you up for eventual failure and frustration, and unwanted overeating.
- Eat when your body is hungry, just as you put on a sweater when your body is cold.
- Give yourself unconditional permission to eat allfoods. “Bad” foods do not exist in Intuitive Eating.
- Respect your body’s fullness. When you are nourished and satisfied, take a break from eating. You can always have more later.
- When hungry commit to eating what sounds good, not what you think you “should” have or what is “healthy.”
- Respect and embrace your body, no matter its size or shape.
- Move your body when and how you want. Move because it feels good, not to burn or earn calories.
- Define “health” as a satisfying and balanced combination of caring for your physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual needs.
From carrots to cupcakes, m & m’s to apples, intuitive eating is a healthy, moderate way of eating that creates space for all foods to exist in your life. As a result, intuitive eaters experience minimal overeating, do not feel deprived or as if they are “missing out” on the special treats they love, and feel peacefully in control of their relationship with food.
At TheHealthyWeighOut, it is our mission to support each client in breaking away from the dieting mentality and embracing the calm approach of Intuitive Eating. Learning to listen to and trust your body rather than some fad diet is a HUGE step towards sustainable recovery from emotional and binge eating.
Will Intuitive Eating Work for Me?
Yes! As your metabolic functioning is restored vis-a-vis structured eating, you will slowly be able to incorporate a more intuitive, flexible approach to eating that feels natural and easy.
It is important, however, to realize that the process of going from structured to intuitive eating will take time, especially if you’ve been a chronic dieter for decades. But don’t despair! Our creative dietitians, Brandi Koch, MA, RD and Amy Reynolds, RD, CDE will help you establish an individualized plan that begins with structure and gently moves towards intuitive eating. This way, you will be able to maintain your healthy new meal plan over a sustainable period of time, without lapsing into previous unhealthy overeating behavior.
At TheHealthyWeighOut, we are proud to be leading our nation in innovative, effective alternative approaches to old, ineffective dieting behaviors. Our approach to developing a sustainable, life-long healthy relationship with food and your body will not only bring changes in your nutritional health, it will also decrease the shame and lack of confidence that all-too-often accompanies out-of-control emotional and binge eating behavior.
Still curious about our approach to helping you achieve sustainable Nutritional Health? Check out this informational video from Dr. Ashley, our program’s co-founder, “From Dieting to Intuitive Eating: Bridging the Great Divide.”