Toxic Diet Culture Concepts You Should Dismiss This Year

Toxic Diet Culture Concepts You Should Dismiss This Year

For many of us, the New Year is a time of reflection, a chance to look back on the year that was with gratitude, and a chance to set intentions for the year ahead.

Diet culture loves the New Year. The sooner you can forget about your resolutions and throw in the towel, the better it is for them.


But there are ways to recognize diet culture and challenge it this year. Here are some ways to do it:


  1. Be wary of any diet or weight-loss plan that promises dramatic results in a short amount of time. Drop 10 pounds in a month? Sounds too good to be true — and it is! When you’re working toward genuine health, sustainable weight loss takes time (and patience). It might not be as fast as you want, but if you give yourself time for your body to adjust to new habits, real change will be much more likely. The old adage is true: Slow and steady wins the race.
  2. Stop believing in “good” and “bad” foods or “clean” or “dirty” eating. That way lies madness! If you eat something healthy or indulgent, give yourself credit. If you eat something bad for you, forgive yourself and move on. Don’t let food become an emotional issue. 
  3. Notice when you take the diet culture’s messages to heart. When do you feel like you should be losing weight? When do you feel fat, even when people tell you otherwise? When do you judge other people’s bodies? When do you find yourself talking about diets or weight loss strategies? When do you wish your body were different than it is?
  4. It’s all about control. If a diet makes you feel like you’re out of control, then it’s not for you. But diets aren’t only about food. They’re also about time management, money management, exercise and more. The best way to avoid feeling controlled by your diet is to make sure that it isn’t dictating other aspects of your life. Remember that diets are supposed to help you feel in control — not take it away from you!

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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