The Non-Diet Approach

It has been well established that diets and dieting behaviours such as food restriction, energy restriction and excessive exercise don’t achieve the desired outcome of losing weight and keeping it off long term.

In fact most people who go on a diet re-gain the weight they have lost (and then some) within five years. In addition to this, people engaging in dieting behaviours are more likely to have poorer mental and physical health, experience more body dissatisfaction and are at risk of experiencing disordered eating.

 

So why don’t diets or popular eating trends work?

Well, most apply a one size fits all approach to everyone. Which is great if we were all exactly the same. But you are not. You are unique right down to your dietary needs, likes and dislikes. Therefore what works for others may not be suitable for you; or may seem to work initially, but after a while becomes too difficult or boring to maintain. More and more evidence is emerging showing that taking a non-diet approach to weight management and optimising health can have holistic health benefits like; decreasing blood pressure, decreasing LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), increasing physical activity, increasing body satisfaction, improving dietary patterns and in most cases stabilising weight.

 

How traditional dieting and the Non-Diet Approach differ

Traditional Dieting

  • Restrictive and prescriptive
  • Perfectionism
  • Good and bad foods
  • Scales, weighing, weight loss
  • Causes feelings of guilt
  • Hunger
  • Body hatred
  • Shame

Non-Diet Approach

  • Flexible
  • All foods welcome
  • Food is pleasurable
  • No weighing or kilojoule counting
  • Focus on health and well-being
  • Nourishing
  • Forgiving
  • Intuitive eating

What the Non-Diet Approach aims to do:

  • Help you improve your relationship with food
  • Move from a place of body discomfort to body comfort
  • Be able to enjoy all food without feeling guilty or anxious
  • Reduce or resolve non-hungry eating or binge eating
  • Find enjoyment moving your body
  • Escape the diet cycling once and for all

How does the Non-Diet Approach work?

The Non-Diet Approach will teach you how to eat intuitively again. Eating intuitively involves trusting your body to let you know when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat, rather than letting external influences dictate these things (which is what happens when you are following a traditional diet). A dietitian specialising in the Non-Diet Approach can help teach you the skills that will enable you to reconnect with your appetite, reduce non-hungry eating and nourish your body with a wide range of foods all the while taking into consideration your work, social life and family circumstances.

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