Sorry, I can't help you diet

July 4, 2017

Last week after a round of email ping pong with a client I explained to her that I could not support her with dieting for weight loss.

 

In her case at the first consultation, I suspected an under active thyroid and asked her to have it checked by her GP. Her results confirmed low thyroid function, which can be a contributor for unexplained weight gain.

 

Yet her weight gain is likely the result of being a chronic yo-yo dieter and restrictor. With time this restriction can lead to metabolic and cardiovascular issues, and is a likely contributor to her under active thyroid.

 

I had a strong desire help her, as her issues are exactly what I specialise in and am immensely passionate about. Despite the diagnosis however, she was still exploring diets in between our consults - thus the email ping pong.

 

She asked if she should try this diet, or that diet or some other diet. I thought, “No. No. Please No.”

 Although I recommended against her going on a diet for weight loss that restricts calories and certain food groups, I understand the appeal of diets. I empathise with the frustration she has with her body. And although I would love to help her end this struggle with dieting and her body, in the end it is her choice.

 

So, I emailed her and explained the issues with yo-yo dieting and the importance of healing her relationship to food to establish a balanced way of eating that suits her body. I let her know that I did not endorse embarking on yet again another diet, although I would love to help her make peace with food and her body. I don’t know what she will do. This is her own journey.

 

I wish I could help her, and many others like her, avoid and put an end to the frustration and disappointment of dieting. However, it is only when someone is ready to try a different approach and is fed up with dieting will they be open to embracing a more intuitive approach to eating.

 

I send all my love and acceptance to those who embark on a caloric restriction diet, and wish for you to one day find contentment in your body and joy in eating.

 

With my unconditional love,

Tansy

Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Share on Pinterest
Like this
Please reload

Featured Posts

I am a nutritionist, not the food police!

March 14, 2017

1/2
Please reload

Recent Posts