Enjoying sweet treats or other tempting foods in moderation is OK, but when satisfying a craving becomes a guilt-inducing binge, it can be a problem. And vacillating between dieting and overeating can turn into a vicious cycle.
But there is hope. You can break the cycle and say goodbye to diets forever. The key is to tune in to your body and recognize the difference between physical and psychological hunger.
Eating is one of life's biggest pleasures, but if you struggle with weight gain, eating becomes fraught with guilt, frustration, and self-criticism. The more you diet, the more difficult it becomes to lose weight. Weight loss experts say part of the problem is your approach. Going on a "diet" is the wrong method. A diet, typically thought to mean a temporary change, often lasts just long enough for you to lose excess weight before returning to old habits.
And if old habits mean overeating, you may enter a cycle that is hard to break. People who find themselves in this cycle often don't trust themselves with food choices. While it seems that the only way to break the cycle is not to overeat, in reality the solution is not to diet. This, however, often leads to the fear of never losing weight.
But are you losing weight with dieting? To enjoy a life without diets, rate your hunger and fullness using the tips on the following pages. The hunger scale can help you slowly stop dieting and learn to enjoy food in the right portions.