Non-Diet Approach for Weight Loss Success
If any of these
examples sound like you, you may want to
try a non-diet approach to weight loss:
You have tried so
many diets you have lost count. Nothing seems to work!
You lost weight by
doing a certain diet. After you stopped the diet, you gained back all the weight
You have low
You eat for comfort.
what is it?
A non-diet method
to eating focuses on giving your body what it needs. It does not focus on what
your body shouldn't have.
Many "diets" focus on
cutting calories, fat grams, or carbs. This way of eating leads many kids and
teens to slow their metabolisms. Some even start to binge eat because they try
to diet too much or too hard. This makes some gain weight!
Food is seen as the
solution not the problem!
Exercise is seen as a
way to nurture yourself not punish yourself!
A non-diet approach
does not focus on weight loss. Instead, a person focuses on changing certain
ways of eating or activity.
It is a long term
commitment to a healthier body. This method is a commitment to love your body
and feed it as best you can.
Using a non-diet
method, you don't need to count anything, starve yourself, or forbid yourself
from certain food groups!
How do I
A non-diet approach
begins with eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. Many kids
and teens use a scale of 1 to 10 to figure out when they are hungry and full. To
learn more about using a empty/full scale,
Many kids and teens
say they eat for comfort. Using a non-diet method, find other ways to help
feel comfort without food. This takes time and lots of practice. Healing your
relationship with food is the most important part of becoming healthier. To read
more on healing your relationship with food,
While using a
non-diet approach, you are encouraged not to race to get to a certain weight.
Try not to focus too much on the number on the scale. Instead, focus on the
positive changes you are making for your body! This way of thinking helps many
kids and teens get to their healthy weight. It also helps them not gain weight
back! Many people keep a food and activity journal to help focus on this. To
learn more about food and activity journaling,
Lucy will be chatting
about non-diet methods to weight loss. Come check out the
on September 14, 2005. To find more info on chats with Lucy,
Here are some good
books to learn more about non-diet ways to weight loss:
Calories Don't by Linda Omichinshi, RD
by Evelyn Tribole, RD and Elyse Resch, RD
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