The media has no problems telling us about how to diet and hit the gym; Get back your “bikini-body”, or turn that “dad-bod” into something a little less “dad-like”…
It’s so easy to get caught in the diet trap. We can all relate to feeling not-so-awesome about our bodies from time to time, but too many of us feel too much shame about our weight. This means too many of us get trapped in a vicious cycle of fad diets and yo-yo weight fluctuations that doesn’t actually make us happier (or skinnier, as you’ll learn in the video).
Check out Sandra Aamodt’s TED Talk “Why dieting doesn’t usually work” to learn how giving yourself a break from dieting might actually be the best way to lose those stubborn pounds. Why waste time starving and being unhappy when there are healthier ways to take care of your body?
In fact – the research shows that regardless of your weight, you can still be healthy by practicing four habits: Enough fruits and vegetables, regular cardiovascular exercise, moderated alcohol consumption, and no smoking. If you do all four, your chances of death are the same no matter how far you tip the scales! That’s great news!
Among the other great take-aways for me from this video:
- People who diet are actually more likely to gain weight over time.
- Teasing kids about their weight always backfires.
- The food environment matters a lot – the availability of cheap junk food has had a terrible effect on public health.
- Mindful eating - learning to listen to your hunger - might just be the key.
So have a watch and see what you think about Sandra’s diet-free lifestyle!