We receive so many messages about weight loss – that losing weight will improve one’s health, self-esteem, and social acceptance. In that case, thank goodness there are SO MANY weight loss options out there! But do they work? Could weight loss from the juice cleanse diet provide the same benefits as weight loss from the Mediterranean diet? In other words, is all weight loss healthy and sustainable? On that same note, does weight loss really improve self-esteem and/or social acceptance?
These are all questions I posed to my audience at the Food Finders “Key Ingredients” presentation yesterday evening. The audience expressed feeling flooded with conflicting education and media messages focusing on weight loss and healthy eating. For this reason, the audience shared their tendency to find answers to their weight loss goals in diet plans, and not necessarily diet plans supported by research or credentials of any kind.
I have witnessed countless times the negative physical and mental consequences of overly restrictive, highly selective, and/or crash diets as an attempt to achieve weight loss and (supposedly) improved health. Alternatively, could we consider an approach that focuses on wellness first, and achieve the same health and weight loss goals? In my presentation, I challenged the social norm of “diet culture” but introducing my Key Ingredients to Wellness. I challenged the audience to consider how tuning into physical feelings of hunger, satisfaction, energy levels, and mental clarity could empower more positive and sustainable behavior change. I acknowledged the environmental and emotional barriers that can separate us from our physical hunger and satisfaction cues. I posed movement as an opportunity to celebrate life and treat the body well, rather than viewing exercise as a chore. Doesn’t eating the foods you enjoy and moving in the way you enjoy sound more enticing?
At the end of my presentation, audience members expressed gratitude for a fresh perspective about wellness, but one individual stated “easier said than done”. I couldn’t agree more. The concept of eating and moving in a way that feels good, rather than in a way that we think we should can feel very distant and even scary for many. If you feel that the wellness first approach could be the missing piece of your health puzzle, please consider scheduling an appointment with me to explore how this approach could apply to you.
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Wishing you all the best to digest,
Raquel Reyes, RDN