You did not fail the diet. The diet failed you.

Let me make this very, very clear: You did not fail the diet. The diet failed you.

The diet industry is big business, making billions of dollars a year. It’s probably the only industry where people continue to buy the product, despite a failure rate greater than 90% (cited as up to 98%).

Such a high failure rate is (oddly) profitable for diet companies. Why? If a diet worked the first time, you’d have no reason to go back and spend more money.

Many diets work for a short period of time. You lose weight, receive loads of compliments, feel great and believe that this diet (finally!) is successful.

However, for over 90% of people, the diet becomes unsustainable. The weight goes back on (usually with extra), the compliments stop (and you become panicked about what people think of you now), and you feel like a failure.

But why do you blame yourself, rather than blaming the diet?
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Emotional Energy

You have a finite amount of emotional energy. How you choose to use and replenish that energy can have a profound impact on your quality of life. At this time of year, when many people are setting New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or change their body, I wanted to touch on the emotional energy requirements of dieting – because food is about lot more than just the physical.

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A Body Positive Guide to the Holiday Season

December and January. I’m certain it must be the diet industry’s favourite time of year. By the start of January we’re all convinced that we are awful people who ate waaaaaayyyy too much and didn’t exercise enough over the festive period. Maybe you will eat a lot and not exercise much. Maybe you’ll eat less and exercise more. Maybe there’ll be no change to your usual eating and exercise patterns. Either way, you’re not an awful person and you certainly don’t need to turn to the diet industry to ‘fix’ you.

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What is ‘Healthy?’

I think one of the biggest mistakes people (both the general population and health professionals) make is assuming health is the same for every person.

Of course, there are some things we can quite confidently say are or aren’t healthy; but despite health having some objective measures, it’s a highly subjective and individualized word. When I think about health, I consider four aspects that all impact on one another:physical, mental, emotional, and social (you may also wish to include spiritual).

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