Assuming you’re here because you want to lose weight, let me ask you a question.
Over the years, how much money have you spent trying to lose weight? This includes supplements, super-foods, meal plans, gym memberships, and everything else you were sold with promises of dropping a dress size.
Now, let me ask you a second question. How much weight have you lost thanks to these products? If your weight loss isn’t proportionate to the money you’ve spent, don’t be disheartened. Research shows that 80% of people who diet regain all, if not more, weight within 12 months.
The weight-loss industry is worth millions; that’s not going to change. However, in 2022 there’s a new approach for those that are serious about weight loss. It’s called anti-diet.
If you’d like to achieve your goals in 2022 without spending any money, read on to find out more.
What Is Anti-Diet?
The anti-diet approach to weight loss may sound like it’s ‘anti-health’ - it isn’t. Anti-diet simply means that you don’t follow a specific diet plan, allow yourself to eat when you’re hungry, and say no to fad supplements.
Although the movement was spearheaded by TikTok and Instagram influencers, the fundamental message has been quietly promoted by qualified dietitians for years. Unfortunately, the world wasn’t ready to hear it. In 2022, that’s no longer the case.
It sounds like a dreamy method of losing weight, but if you’re wondering, “but how would I ever lose weight doing this?” you’re not the only one. Go with it - you’ll soon understand exactly how the process works.
How Do I Anti-Diet?
This is the part you’ve been waiting for; here, I'll tell you how to reach your goals on the anti-diet. To be successful on the anti-diet, you need to understand that this movement is fundamentally about repairing your relationship with food - I'm talking about some serious self-help.
First, consider these statements. Do they ring true for you?
I feel like I can stop eating when I’m full
I don’t attribute words like ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to foods
I eat when I’m hungry; not when I’m bored/lonely/anxious
My weight does not affect my worth
Your goal is to change your mindset to agree with these statements. It’s understandable if you struggle with this; you are a victim of multiple Big Food campaigns designed to prey on your insecurities.
Your New Mindset
Now, it’s time to get real. Instead of placing your entire worth on whether you lose three pounds this week, you’re going to focus on nourishing your body. You need to let go of all your past preconceptions about diet and weight.
The only way to succeed on the anti-diet is to simplify your relationship with food. Instead of thinking about calories, consider how you’ll feel after eating a particular food. You need to tap into your intuition and decide what you need to be eating to feel great about yourself - weight loss will follow.
As long as you stop prioritizing weight loss as your only goal, you’ll notice the pounds melting away. Love and respect yourself, rather than restricting and bingeing.
Do away with the awful “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” quotes and replace them with supportive mantras like ‘I don’t have a complex relationship with food. I eat what my body needs, when it needs it.”
Some Final Thoughts
Before you go, consider this: if there were a “quick fix” for weight loss, wouldn’t everyone be thin by now?
You’re not alone in wanting to lose weight, and the weight loss industry has capitalized on this desire. In 2022, you’re going to take control and not be a victim to marketing campaigns led by Big Food and the dieting industry.
Listen to your body and eat to support it. Retrain your internal monologue to be kind to yourself. Prioritize health and wellness, become the person you want to be, and weight loss will follow.
You can do this. If you start now, think about where you will be in a year. You can thrive, be healthy, happy, and a slimmer version of your already-incredible self.
I hope you found this post helpful. As someone who struggled with their weight for years, I’m writing from a place of support and compassion. I cover a wide range of topics, debunk dieting myths, and offer you support on your health journey. Check out the rest of my blog for more guidance and contact me for personal coaching.