Are you a mindless dieter?
I was, some time ago now. And I don’t think I actually realised the impact it was having on me not just physically but also mentally. When I was being a mindless dieter, it was a struggle, it was miserable and really not a fun place to be. I was surrounded by rules and constant judgement from myself.
I want to share with you today the main characteristics of a mindless dieter so perhaps you can recognize if you see yourself in these. Then in the next blog post I will share with you how you can become more of a mindful person which in turn can help you lose weight in a sustainable and healthy way. Then maintain your new weight for the rest of your life.
Characteristics of the Mind of a Mindless Dieter
- Looks at food labels and heavily criticizes them based on being good and bad
- Places all food into two categories either good or bad
- Making food choices always based on weight loss rather than health, nutrition or just to actually feel good
- Before starting a diet, eats a lot, then restricts on a diet for as long as possible. Normally results in binge or period of overeating
- Never sees healthy eating as a long term adjustment, always just for a short period purely for weight loss
Characteristics of the Body of a Mindless Dieter
- Is a serial dieter or yoyo dieter, always going from one extreme diet to another which leads to weight loss then weight gain
- Trying out all types of extreme dieting that promise unrealistic results
- Restricts food to an unhealthy level and skips meals
- Does not listen to bodies internal cues, when feeling hungry and full
Characteristics of the Thoughts of a Mindless Dieter
- Ignores nutritional needs
- Believes she has to be a certain weight to be happy
- Is heavily focused on calories, instead of what feels good or what your body needs
Characteristics of the Feelings of a Mindless Dieter
- Disgusted with own body
- Experiences mood changes based on eating behaviour
- Feels guilty, ashamed or cheated after eating something deemed “unhealthy
These characteristics may feel quite normal to you but actually they are preventing you from having a healthy mind and body. I know weight loss is really important for many of you but lets try and remove weight loss from the equation for once and focus on foods that are nutritious and focus on health. The weight loss will then take care of itself.
Take away restrictions and really build a new relationship with food and yourself that has no rules, is fun, healthy, nutritious, with no guilt or shame.
YOU MUST start changing your way of thinking towards food and yourself to have an everlasting change. Adopting this mindset will allow you to lose weight in a way that will actually be healthy for you instead of fueling more destructive eating behaviours.