The Cycle of Dieting
DO YOU RECOGNISE THIS CYCLE OF DIETING?
It is very likely that you will have been on one diet or another at some point in your life. Some people remember being on a diet from quite an early age. New “miracle” ‘celebrity’ diets come out all the time, unfortunately research shows that diets don’t work. This is clearly evident when we see the latest celebrity ‘yo yo’ dieter, who all too publicly puts the previously lost weight back on.
Whilst dieters aim to eat less and therefore lose weight, usually this aim is rarely achieved in the long term. One reason for this is that most diets tend to make people feel deprived. Feelings of deprivation tend to lead to diet breaking or overeating, which in turn trigger thoughts such as “I’ve blown it now” and often more eating. The consequences of this are that any short-term weight loss is likely to be replaced by simply putting the weight back on So, although in the short term dieting might help you feel good about yourself, your body and your achievement, there are less helpful longer term effects. Another of these is that because generally people can’t stick at diets, they are often left feeling like a failure, which can knock confidence and self- esteem and any future beliefs about your ability to lose or maintain your weight. These feelings make it harder to socialize, be active or to exercise. All of which make it harder to continue to lose weight or keep weight off.
Dieting also affects how well our bodies metabolize what we eat. As you go back to your old ways of eating or "come off your diet" you regain weight and often some more, as your metabolism is still in its slowed down mode. This may be why you have noticed that the more diets you have tried in the past the more your weight has actually gone up.
There may be serious implications for wanting to lose weight such as the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression etc. It is one thing to want to lose weight for a wedding but quite another thing when you have a high BMI which makes you feel depressed and despondent, which in turn affects your motivation or your belief in your ability to lose weight.
‘If hunger is not the problem then eating is not the solution’
The Seven Steps is a CBT based intervention which offers you seven individual sessions of weight therapy designed to help you to address the beliefs feelings and behaviors which keep you locked in a particular cycle of behavior around food. It is aimed at helping you to address the underlying reasons for the continued weight gain or the inability to maintain weight loss. It is not a magic wand but it is a unique, individualized approach that helps you to understand yourself and provides you with support between sessions to assist you with achieving your desired weight.