Should dietitians be required to be skinny?
Or at the very least, have a portfolio of successful candidates (with yearly updates), so that you can at least know whether the best diet tips they’re offering you are legit. Because literally everyone on the internet these days has some foolproof diet plan they’re serving on a platter yet obesity rates are still skyrocketing.
Or are we just completely misunderstanding the whole us-food relationship and modifying what dietitians actually preach?
Here are some common mistakes people make and what experts actually suggest. See if you can find yours somewhere.
Blaming Different Body Types instead of the Diet Plan/Method
Ever heard of Slow metabolism? No doubt. People end up blaming their “slow metabolism” for not losing weight. But don’t realize they’ve been following a diet plan for someone with a different metabolism than theirs.
And what’s befuddling, according to Rachel Hartley, RD, is that even though a diet plan fails a large percentage of the population, the people are still blamed (think celebrity diets that never pan out).
Her approach is to teach people sustainable habits that allow them to settle into their natural body sizes because weight doesn’t equal health (which should be the end goal).
Believing Dieting Is All or Nothing
And that’s why there are timed “cheat days”. So if you’re not religiously following a rigidly constructed list of Dos and Don’ts, then you’re ultimately failing (And don’t forget the guilt and discouragement which most often leads to stopping completely).
Jonah Soolman, RD actually suggests a non-diet approach. This involves honoring your hunger and fullness cues while noticing how different foods affect you. This way, eating won’t be based on a set of rules, or emotions (and you know how humans just lookover doing what they’re told NOT TO DO/EAT).
Scale Says I haven’t Lost Weight, So I’m Still Fat
Climbing scales by the minute and diligently keeping records. If only we applied this same faithfulness to other aspects of our lives, oh the endless possibilities!
Julie Duffy Dillion, RD says her goal is in keeping her client’s focus off the scale because scales tend to promote negative body images and ultimately keeps the goal of good health.
Skinny Is The “Only” Beautiful
Or so we’ve been programmed to believe, right from childhood. As a result, our minds have been geared towards trying to attain just that one type of beauty, even though you were born to look a million types more beautiful with just a little more curve on.
Marci Evans RDN says he starts by first redefining what health is, and it isn’t counting calories, points or even scale weights. He believes it will be difficult to stay healthy without debunking the incorrect information about nutrition we’ve been ingrained with.
On Again, Off Again Diet
And so the cycle continues. The weight loss industry is worth billions of dollars because of its strong belief that when people fail one diet, they ultimately move to the next. So they’re always looking for who to peddle the next best diet tips too.
Dana Sturtevant, RD says that even though the cosmetic industry has a whopping 95% failure rate, it still thrives because customers blame themselves rather than the failure of the firm. The key is thus for you to accept that your diet failure isn’t a handicap or your fault.
Wrong Body Goals
Otherwise known as staring at a Victoria’s Secret model’s body and hoping it transforms into you. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have goals of your own, but you should adopt a body health goals.
Glenys Oyston, RD says that because wanting to loss weight in a fatphobic world can be difficult, since body acceptance doesn’t thrive in this world, one way of creating a healthy weight loss environment is to provide exposure to positive images of fat bodies, confident people happy in their skin, plus halting people’s obsession with their bodies.
Skinny Equals Happiness
There’s that tendency to believe that you’ll be happy once you reach your ever elusive “ideal” body weight
Wendy Lopez, RD (foodheavenmadeeasy.com) says that your focus in life, with regards to your health and happiness, should be to maintain an active lifestyle (exercise regularly), eat well-nourished foods (that will protect you from chronic diseases) and live the best life you can. “Your weight will settle where it settles”.
The summary of all these?
The best diet tips revolve, really, around loving and accepting yourself. Without limiting life to just weight loss or gain, but instead focusing on being healthy