Why diets fail and how to change the cycle


why diets don't work

For this week’s tweak we want you to work on your health goals.

 
And by work on your health goals, we actually mean, bin them! Throw them out, discard, forget, kick into the long grass, abandon them!
 
Want to lose 10lbs before your sun holiday? Forget it.
 
Want to look trim for that wedding? Ignore it.
 
Want to run a 10k in September? Don’t give it a second thought!
 
You may be thinking that we’ve gone mad here at The Wholefood Revolution, but wait….. There’s method in our madness.
 
You see, goals are like sooo last decade.
 
This week’s tweak. Forget goals. Create at least one value you want to live by.
 
Here’s a great excerpt from Scott Adams’ 2013 book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life
 
"Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous pre-success failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out. Systems [values] people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do. The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems [values] people are feeling good every time they apply their system. That’s a big difference in terms of maintaining your personal energy in the right direction." 
 
So in essence, if you are setting goals, you are;
  1. Achieving them and then having a short period of satisfaction, before reverting to previous habits or searching for new goals to achieve that same feeling.
  2. Or you are not reaching those goals, leading to a state of continuous dissatisfaction.
 
If instead, you are setting values or developing a system, you are not only more likely to succeed in the long term, but you will have a more enjoyable journey. You will get a sense of satisfaction every time that you apply your values.
 
Goals are in the future. Once achieved, a goal is complete. Box ticked. But when does your health and well-being cease to be important?
 
Values, on the other hand, stay with you. They are in the present and continuous. They inform your decisions throughout life. The only way to lead a healthy lifestyle long-term is to look at your values.
 
I’ve mentioned some goals above, so here are some examples of values in a health context:
 
“I will value eating food that will nourish and not harm my body”.
 
“It is important for me to stay fit and active, as I get older”.
 
“I will educate myself about healthy food choices”.
 
“I will try to be an healthy example to my kids”.
 
“I will keep healthy food in the house
 
There’s no timeline here. No achieve by date. No pressure. Well, except to create a value this week - remember - forget goals. Create at least one value you want to live by.
 
Have a think about what is important to you, create a value system and apply it as best you can.

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