Why the non-diet approach or thoughts on You Becoming the Boss of You

I used to be a big believer in meal plans. Eat this and lose weight. Simple as that. And if (when) you gained the weight back, well, you shouldn’t have stopped eating the same thing over and over and over again.
But over my years of experience I began to wonder, “Is that all there is?” Was I really helping people? That was, after all, the whole reason I became a Registered Dietitian.
Twelve years of being a dietitian began to change my way of thinking. During that time I counseled Soldiers and their families, including being the Dietitian for a Bariatric Program. The people I was counseling were honest and disciplined. Their very livelihood depended on maintaining a certain weight. They couldn’t sustain it. Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians I had worked very closely with were active and ate well and didn’t have a perfect BMI. They had years of schooling and experience and in some ways their livelihood depended on it. They couldn’t even attain or sustain that ideal BMI. Could it be Nutritional Science had been influenced by the diet industry? What was missing?
When you dig into the data the numbers are not pretty. The vast majority of people who lose weight gain it back. Including this new study that made the rounds about the method but totally missed the point that pretty much everyone gains it back. Very often, that slim minority that maintain resort to heroic measures, i.e. recording every single morsel of food consumed. To paraphrase Linda Bacon, PhD there’s a fine line between being a good dieter and an eating disorder.
It’s time. It’s time to stop looking for the next diet or the next magic pill. It’s time to let go of attaining a number on a scale or clothing label. Let go of attaining a thigh gap, eliminating cellulite, getting rid of the baby weight, etc, etc. and focus on health and self-care It’s time to focus on health not weight. It’s time to focus on habits that will build you up, not tear you down. It’s time to learn to take care of you. Let all that stuff go and let you become the Boss of You.