The Diet Myth
Remember when you used to get the newest diet book in your hands, literally hot off the press? Guaranteed, it says. Guaranteed to work or your money back! “This time it’s going to work,” you think. “I just know it. It says so right here in print. Guaranteed!”
Although you’ve been here many times before, you still think this time is going to be the last. So many feelings are wrapped up in this moment. It’s almost magical. A confluence of emotions race through you as you simultaneously experience the thrill of hope, success, approval, attention, and a feeling of rightness with the world. This time you know deep in your heart that you will do it right. “I’ll be beautiful,” you think. And then you’re lost in a dream—a diet dream.
This is the basis of the insidious diet myth. We’re led to believe that all our problems will be solved, all our dreams will come true—if only we diet. Even the word diet conjures up seemingly magical wishes and promises. Among these are hopes and dreams of future success about everything from beauty, self-esteem, feeling all right, being a good girl, as well as approval from others. But the diet myth is not magic. It is a lie.
Because it is silently sanctioned by society and tied in with equally misleading myths about being overweight, the diet myth continues to pervade society and is impervious to criticism. The combination of myths about dieting and the causes of overweight weave invisible threads that have the potential to knot up years of your life and wreak a megaton of damage to your health and well-being with time.What’s most frustrating is that one person can’t change these societal beliefs (which are imbued as if they were the truth) for everyone. But one person can change their personal relationship to this propaganda for themselves—largely by seeing the diet myth for what it really is, gaining a truer understanding of its fallibility, and altering their response to it. For more info-check out the bestselling book- Not Your Mother’s Diet on Amazon.