The 7 Deadly Sins & Lies of Dieting

health-dieting-sins-envy“She must be a size 4. Why can’t I be a size 4? She just has better genes than me. So unfair. Why does she get to look like that?”

Everyone has to start somewhere, and it’s hard to deal with how much work is involved in getting the body you want. We all want the quick fix. Some people do have ‘better’ genes than others, but if you work hard that can’t stop you from achieving your goal. Next time you see someone with a great body just think about how much work they’ve done to get there. They’re at level 10, and you’re at level 3. Do the work and you’ll level up.

health-dieting-sinslust“That slice of cheesecake is calling my name. It wants me. I need it. I went for a walk this morning. It’s okay.”

If something is delicious and within reach, it’s hard to resist. This is difficult to deal with when you’re at a restaurant, but at home the best way to deal with it is either don’t buy those yummy things or keep them out of sight when you’re at home.

“I can’t believe I ate that entire lasagna! How many calories was that? 500 grams of sodium? What is wrong with me?! “

This one is all about the anger and disappointment in yourself for not sticking to your diet and/or calorie limit. This often turns into binge eating, because once you’ve destroyed your diet for the day, it’s just done. Piece of cake? Maybe two. Over the calorie limit? Better finish the whole cake. It’s okay. It happens. Everyone slips up occasionally. This doesn’t mean you’ve destroyed your diet. Eat yummy things in moderation and get some physical activity each day. You’ll be okay.

health-dieting-sins-greed“I’ll have the pancakes, sausage, hash browns, and toast with a coffee. Oh, and the buttermilk waffles. Wait, I’m on a diet. Better have the fruit cup too.”

Dieting is hard. Food is yummy, and being hungry sucks. If you’re used to eating a lot of junk food, making the switch to healthier food can be hard at first. Eventually you’ll get used to the healthier options, and you’ll find dozens of ways to make that healthy food taste delicious. Do a bit of research and you’ll figure it out.

health-dieting-sins-sloth“Is it Monday? Did I miss my yoga class? Whatever; I’ll exercise tomorrow. Or Wednesday. Maybe Friday if I feel up to it. Meh.”

Ah, to do nothing. That’s the dream. Just sit on a beach all day and soak in the sun. Unfortunately, our bodies need physical activity. Even a small amount is beneficial. Here’s how to get exercise the lazy way: distract yourself! Watch Netflix on your phone while you’re on the treadmill. Play video games on your Nintendo DS while you’re on the exercise bike. Go for a jog and listen to the Zombies, Run app. Thank me later.

health-dieting-sins-vanity“Maybe I can get surgery to move this fat from my hips onto my ass. Can the doctors get rid of my cankles at the same time? Time for a selfie! My Instagram followers need to see how good I look today”

Nobody’s perfect, and even the people who seem to be perfect aren’t. Love your body enough to keep it nourished and healthy. If you want to brag about your rockin’ bod on Instagram, do it in a way that is positive and inspiring.

health-dieting-sins-pride“I’ve lost 17lbs in the last three months! I am amazing. I bet Jen hasn’t lost that much. I should call her and tell her how much weight I’ve lost.”

When you’ve accomplished something it makes sense that you want to tell the world about it. You’re proud of how far you’ve come; and you should be. Just don’t rub your accomplishments in other people’s faces.


What dieting sin are you guilty of? Let me know in the comments!


Sarah Soper

Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for healthy food, sustainability, fitness, and non-toxic living.

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