I want you to think about the diet you are currently on, or the one that you are going to start on Monday because it worked last time you tried it and answer the following questions.
You get 1 point for ‘yes’ and 0 points for ‘no’
- Can you see yourself still on this plan in 5 years time?
- Can you eat whatever you choose, whenever you are hungry?
- Are you free from the fear of regaining what you lost?
- Can you identify the reasons why you eat?
- Do you walk, run, swim, stretch, lift, cycle, dance, and practice yoga because you love how it makes you feel?
- Are you falling more and more in love with yourself?
- Have you stopped scouring the internet for everything you can about weight loss and training looking for the one thing that will make a difference this time?
- Can you rest and do absolutely nothing without feeling guilty?
- Have you stopped hearing the voice in your head use words like fat, cow, pig, lazy, hopeless, idiot, weak, ugly, worthless, failure?
- Do you no longer view food as the enemy and hate parts of your body?
- Do you weigh yourself infrequently, if at all?
- Would you want your daughter to follow this plan?
- Are you sleeping like a baby?
- Do you have more energy than ever before?
- Do you have regular unassisted bowel movements?
- Do you naturally prefer healthy, unprocessed food most of the time??
- Have you forgotten the last time you cried but can remember the last time you laughed?
- Do you believe that there is no such thing as a trigger food?
- Are you very rarely sick or in pain living this way?
- Do you believe that losing weight happens easily, beautifully and joyfully?
Your Diet Quiz Score
Obviously, this wasn’t really a quiz but a sneaky way to point out that diets focused on restriction, deprivation and willpower are unlikely to succeed. I know that some folk are perfectly content to work hard and struggle for the body of their dreams, but there are some of us who have had enough.
Join the revolution and ditch the diet mentality forever. All you have to do is look after yourself and give your body the chance to function the way it was designed to.
Did you know …
- William L. Weis, a management professor at Seattle University, says that the obesity industries, including commercial weight-loss programs, weight-loss drug purveyors and bariatric surgery centers, will likely top $315 billion this year, nearly 3 percent of the overall U.S. economy.
- Several long-term follow-up studies have shown that the success rate of diets, over time, is dismal at best. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 95% of diets simply do not work over the long term.
- Glamour magazine’s 1983 Body Image survey showed that 76% of correspondents considered themselves “too fat”, including 45% of those classified underweight according to 1959 weight tables. Of women between the ages of 24 and 54 who diet, 76% diet for cosmetic rather than health reasons.