How many times have you said "that diet didn't work for me"? If you're like me, you may have said it to every diet you've ever done.
The excuses piled as to why each one, in my opinion, was 'broken'. I mean, why would one cut out sugar anyway? I would think. Bread? No, there's no reason to cut it out, the French eat bread everyday.
If you feel like your diets aren't working, you're right. I'm going to tell you why they aren't working (don't worry, it's not your fault!), and what you can do about it.
1. It's Restrictive AF
If you're cutting out multiple food groups all at once, there will be a breaking point as to when it becomes too much, because restriction typically causes more binges and more "falling off", than success.
Here's what you can do about it: Become more flexible. More flexibility in your meal structure, leaves you feeling more balanced, more at ease and less likely to binge because you aren't massively taking out everything at once. Instead of cutting out sugar, dairy, and gluten, all at once. Instead, aim for meals that are made up of protein, carbs and fat. Focus on nutrient density, and if you want a piece of chocolate after lunch—have it. If having a piece of chocolate, cookie, etc a few times a week will make you feel more better about your relationship with food, and stop you from binging on the weekend, well—I'd say you're well on your way to food freedom.
2. It's A Short Term Fix
Programs that focus on a "21 Day Fix" or "24 Day Challenge" get you every time because they are suppose to. They are preying on the fact that you're desperate, you want to feel good in your body and they're assuming you want this right now, not six months from now—so they make unrealistic promises to you. These quick fixes don't teach sustainability, they are designed to get you quick results. Which leaves you feeling awesome for about 3 days, until you don't know what to do after the challenge is over.
Here's what you can do about it: Instead of buying into to these challenges, focus on learning. If you can learn how to honor your body with food, eat for your body AND reach your goals—you can stop relying on short term fixes (PS-you aren't something that needs to be "fixed"). Hiring a coach, can sometimes be a really solid plan...IF your coach is educating you on what you need to know to lead you into a place of freedom with food and fitness. My pro tip: ASK QUESTIONS. Don't hire someone just because they have a nice looking body, a nice looking body doesn't mean they can teach you how to honor your body.
3. It's Making You Believe You Aren't Enough
With diets focusing on "getting you a bikini body" and "fixing you", you are lead to believe that you don't already have a bikini body—therefor eluding to the fact that you aren't enough. Which only makes you feel worse about where you're at.
Here's what you can do about it: Search for options that are going to teach you how to create a healthy relationship with food and your body. You don't need another diet, you need to learn how to eat food without fear, move because you love your body, and speak kindly to your body. Which is the exact opposite of what the diet industry teaches you. SCR offers customized coaching per each woman's needs, so if you're looking for a program that'll teach you what you need to know to feel like an empowered woman in control of her body, you can learn more here.
It's not you, it's your diet—and it's time to break up with it. ASAP.