Build The Skills To Quit Diets BEFORE You Can Lose Weight Sustainably

Nico Valla // Coaching, Nutrition


September 24  

You want to quit diets? You’re stuck in a cycle of dieting, overeating, and then dieting again, only to end up feeling frustrated and helpless because you’re not seeing the results you want?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with binge eating and weight loss, but the good news is that there is a better way. In this article, we’ll explore how to break free from the dieting cycle and achieve sustainable weight loss while understanding the process.

The Mistake:

Imagine a hamster running on a wheel, going faster and faster but never getting anywhere. That’s what it feels like when you go on a diet to lose weight. You start by cutting calories, eating less food, and trying to resist your favorite treats. At first, it might seem like you’re making progress, but soon enough, you start feeling deprived.

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When you feel deprived, your body’s natural response is to increase your drive to eat. It’s like your body’s way of saying, “Hey, we’re not getting enough food here; we need more!” So, what do you do? You give in to the urge to eat, and that’s when the binge eating begins.

After a binge, you might feel guilty and ashamed, so you decide to restrict your food intake to make up for it. You think, “I’ll eat even less tomorrow to make up for what I ate today.” But this restriction only makes the binge cycle worse.

As you continue this cycle of overeating and restriction, you start to mess with your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Your body gets confused because it’s not getting consistent signals about when it should be hungry and when it should be full.

Over time, this cycle of overeating and restriction becomes a habit. It’s like a groove that your brain gets stuck in, and it’s hard to break free from it. The end result? You don’t lose weight, and you’re left feeling like a failure, helpless, and frustrated.

The Solution:

Now, let’s talk about a different way, a way to stop binge eating and achieve sustainable weight loss. It all starts with quitting diets and focusing on regular eating patterns.

Instead of cutting calories and depriving yourself, the key is to maximize satisfaction with your meals. You can do this by choosing foods that you enjoy and that nourish your body. When you eat satisfying meals regularly, you won’t feel the need to binge because your body will be getting what it needs.

Another important step is to manage your environment to support your goal of regular eating. Keep healthy foods readily available, and minimize the presence of tempting, unhealthy snacks. Surround yourself with positive influences and people who support your journey to better health.

But it’s not just about what you eat; it’s also about your mindset. You need to address the thoughts and beliefs that may be triggering your binge eating. It’s important to understand that emotional eating is a common response to stress, sadness, or other emotions. Finding healthier ways to cope with these feelings is key to breaking the cycle.

Habits play a big role too. To overcome binge eating, you’ll need to establish new, healthier habits. This includes setting regular meal times and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. It might take some time, but with practice, these habits will become second nature.

Speaking of habits, rewards can be motivating. Instead of rewarding yourself with food, find non-food rewards that make you feel good about your progress. This can help keep you on track.

And don’t forget about sleep and stress. Stress can be a major trigger for binge eating. Finding stress-reduction techniques that work for you, such as meditation, deep breathing, or exercise, can be a game-changer.

One often overlooked factor is sleep and recovery. When you’re sleep-deprived or not giving your body enough time to recover, it can lead to increased cravings and poor food choices. Prioritize sleep and self-care to support your journey to sustainable weight loss.

Now, here’s the crucial part: practice these consistent eating habits for at least four weeks. This will help consolidate these habits and make them a natural part of your daily life.

As you focus on these changes, you’ll gradually create a calorie deficit without the need for strict dieting. You’ll learn to trust your body’s hunger and fullness cues, and you’ll start choosing foods that nourish you instead of trying to suppress your appetite.

The result? You’ll find that your drive to binge eat diminishes. You’ll start losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way. And not just that – you’ll also experience improved health and better performance in your daily life.

Next Steps:

If you want to quit diets and you’re tired of the dieting cycle and ready to stop binge eating while achieving sustainable weight loss, it’s time to take action. We’re here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier you.

Consider our nutrition and weight loss coaching service, where we provide personalised guidance to help you break free from the dieting trap and create lasting, positive changes in your life. Click the link below to learn more about how we can help you on your path to success.

Don’t let the hamster wheel of dieting and binge eating keep you stuck. Choose a better way, a sustainable way, and let’s work together to achieve your ideal weight, better health, and peak performance.

Your journey starts now – click the link and take the first step towards a brighter, healthier future.

About the Author

I believe you can achieve success in your health, fitness, relationships and career, in a way that is unique to you.

As a business owner, teacher and dad with three children I understand how hard keeping healthy can be. We’re in this together, and I want you to know I am here to help you.

Having been a personal trainer and nutrition coach since 2008, as well as navigating parenthood since 2015, this past few years I have had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients improve their self-confidence, self-image, stop feeling judged when they walk into a room.

I believe you can solve all these problems and start making these changes a reality this year, and I'm looking forward to helping you!

Nico Valla