What would happen if we decided not to worry about our weight? Would this mean we would overeat and consequently gain weight? Does this mean we would be less healthy?
The definition of dieting is the practise of eating food in a regulated and supervised fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight, or to prevent and treat diseases, such as diabetes. Diets have been around as early as the 1700’s and usually involve some kind of food restriction. But do diets work? The short answer is NO!!!
Australian’s are expected to spend $310 million on industry weight loss counselling services and related low-calorie foods and dietary supplements in 2018-19. Evidence shows that people will lose weight during the period of time they are on the diet but, within 2 years the majority of people have not only re-gained the weight they lost but have gained more weight with the diet-cycle starting again.
Diet culture is everywhere and often it is most prevalent during the holiday season. Food is a huge part of holiday celebrations. It can mean connecting with our own family by making a specific dish, or passing down traditions of our own. Food and family meals are so evocative. The smell of certain dishes. A taste that takes you straight back. Every single recipe has some sort of anecdote attached, an, ‘I remember when…’. If we allow ourselves to be consumed by diet culture, we run the risk of missing out on these meaningful moments around us, and of the pure joy in celebrating with others. We also, of course, may find ourselves with an unhealthy obsession.
So, what if we take a break away from diet culture and work towards mindfulness and moderation this holiday season? What if we move away from defining our worth according to our body shape, weight or appearance?
Here are some tips to help this holiday season:
Pro Nutrition SA, Kylie McKay, Dietitian