As a dietitian and a nutrition student, I hated the month of January. Not because it was cold and not because it felt like the middle of the year rather than the beginning.
I dislike January because of New Years Resolutions.
I don’t think you need to only eat soup for a month and I definitely don’t think you need to try drinking charcoal lemonade or a juice cleanse.
I think it’s great if January motivates people to try to change their lifestyle with the goal of health… but I generally hate the way people seem convinced to do it. I didn’t write this piece to discourage people from changing their lifestyle but to encourage them to love themselves at any size and know that the number on the scale doesn’t equate to healthy or unhealthy.
My latest piece from askmen.com discusses how the diet and weightloss industry is perpetuated by failure, it literally profits from people ‘failing their diets’.
Realistically, not much works long-term when it comes to weight loss. I am confident, however, that if people get back into the kitchen and to the grassroots of cooking, the next generation will be more likely to learn that being healthy is more than striving to be lean. If we can teach the fundamentals of cooking, shopping and recognizing bullsh*t when we see it, then it’s possible we can give the next generation the skills to navigate the perpetual diet sinkhole.
It seems like as the diet industry grows the more people steadily lose their knowledge of eating and cooking. And not even healthy eating, just eating. People have grown fearful of foods, unsure if one bite of one food will betray them.
I hate the diet industry. And I’m not talking about the frustration you feel when the barista screwed up your low fat, half-caf, half-sweet, extra hot, double shot cappuccino with cashew milk. I’m talking the deep loathing you feel toward yourself after being pummeled by the flurry of gut-be-gone ads that you’ll be assaulted by in just 60 minutes of television. I would prefer the diet industry died. Decades of empty promises and outright lying has earned its death warrant. Or at least a permanent break-up.
Unfortunately, research reports that maintained weight loss isn’t very likely for most people.
Read more here about my thoughts on people being judged based on their weight.
P.S. The real key to sustainable weight management isn’t weight loss, it’s being OK with your weight while leading an active life, eating nourishing foods and enjoying it.