You might not even realize that the sheer name of a weight loss program is potentially harming your mental health. Two popular alternative names for “diets” we see all the time are detoxes and cleanses. People are beginning to recognize that these words often imply extreme restriction for short periods of time, lots of supplements, and cutting out certain food groups. They might work temporarily, but often lead to disordered eating patterns and an unhealthy relationship with food. As we become more away of the dangers of detoxes and cleanses, trainers, health coaches, and others who sell weight loss as a result need something else to call their programs. They are turning to a few key words to attraction attention that we should have our eye out for: Reboot, Reset, and Kickstart.
These terms often imply a temporary period of focused attention on one’s health and well-being, typically involving dietary adjustments and increased exercised. The concept behind them is to help individuals eliminate toxins, promote better nutrition, establish a fitness routine, and jumpstart weight loss. While not all of these programs are inherently unhealthy or harmful, it is essential to critically evaluate their principles and consider the potential impact on one’s mental and physical well-being. Here are some reasons why these programs often fail to deliver desired results.
- Restriction: Some Reset, Reboot and Kickstart programs may involve extreme dietary restrictions such as limiting calorie intake or cutting out entire food groups. These strict and unrealistic rules can lead to feelings of deprivation, frustration, and anxiety. Overtime, they can contribute to the development or exacerbation of disordered eating behaviors.
- Unrealistic expectations: These programs often promise quick and dramatic results, creating unrealistic expectations. When these expectations aren’t met within the specified timeframe, individuals may experience disappointment, self-blame, and a sense of failure. This cycle can significantly impact self-esteem and mental health while also leading to a yo-yo pattern of weight loss and gain.
- Negative self-image and body image issues: Programs that emphasize the need for a reset, reboot or kickstart may inadvertently reinforce negative self-perceptions and body image issues. They can perpetuate the idea that one’s worth is tied to appearance or adherence to specific standards, leading to low self-esteem, comparison, and unhealthy relationships with one’s body.
- Metabolic Adaptation: Drastic calorie restriction or extreme dieting can cause the body to adapt by slowing down metabolism, making it harder to sustain weight loss in the long run. This can result in a plateau or the need for increasingly lower calorie intake to maintain weight loss.
- Lack of Individualization: Resets, Reboots, and Kickstarts are often designed as a one-size-fits-all approach, disregarding individual differences in body composition, metabolism, medical conditions, and personal preferences. Each person’s body is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. When programs disregard individuality, it can lead to frustration, disappointment, and a sense of failure.
- All or nothing thinking: These programs typically involve a structure or routine that the individual must follow. They can either be doing “good” or bad” or be “on track” or “off track.” This way of thinking perpetuates an all or nothing mindset which then leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and not being motivated enough to stay within the rules of the program.
In summary, while resets, reboots, and kickstarts may provide short-term results and initial motivation, they are not sustainable long-term solutions. To prioritize mental health and achieve sustainable results, it’s important to adopt a holistic approach that focuses on nourishing the body with a balanced diet, regular physical activity, adequate rest, stress management, and self-compassion. It is also crucial to address underlying issues related to nutrition and mental health that led to a dissatisfaction with weight and body. Consulting with healthcare professionals, registered dietitians, or therapists who can provide personalized guidance is advisable to create a safe and effective plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.
The fact that you have tried so many programs disguised at diets is NOT YOUR FAULT. They have been marketed to you in a way that draws you in, such as with transformation photos of men and women smiling widely in smaller bodies.
Those photos don’t capture: the restricted calorie intake that slowed their metabolism.
The low-self esteem they still have even after weight loss.
The fear of gaining it all back because it took all of their energy to even get there.
To help those who have been harmed by these programs promoted by diet culture is exactly why I created my virtual program, Revolutionize YOU. When you join me inside, you see right away that is it different from what you have ever tried before. Through a blend of evidence-based therapeutic practices and a personalized fitness plan, we will address both your emotional well-being and physical fitness goals.
You immediately feel safe because your needs and desires are heard.
You feel calm and relieved that diets won’t take up any more space in your life.
Inside Revolutionize YOU get the 1:1 support required to:
- Implement intuitive eating so you be relieved of the pressure, stress, and guilt that accompanies eating.
- Challenge negative body beliefs, replacing them with self-love so that you build the confidence you always wish you had.
- Set fitness goals that are appropriate for you, so that failure and defeat are replaced with pride and a sense of accomplishment.
If you are ready to leave behind all the cleanses, resets, kickstarts (I could go on!) and instead revolutionize your relationship with food, fitness, and most importantly, yourself, then book your complimentary call with me today!
I am excited to hear your story.