To Weigh Or Not To Weigh?

February 23, 2015

In our world we hold the weight of our bodies in high regard. We link the weight of our bodies with health, happiness and other positive qualities. It is no surprise that from an early age the diet cycle begins. The weight comes off and you feel proud. Slowly (or maybe quickly) a year or two later you gain it back. Feeling defeated, you may think “this diet will be different” and “if only I had more will power”.

You may be surprised to know that the reason you were not successful was NOT a lack of will power. People on diets show great self-constraint and determination. Unfortunately, dieting teaches our body to lose muscle (the good stuff) and keep fat. In fact, this really shows us how powerful our bodies are. Our bodies are protecting us from the next famine (or diet). The more we try to be in control of when and what we eat, the more our body fights back.

So what can YOU do?

At the North Simcoe Family Health Team we have developed a group-based nutrition program inspired by the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) model that teaches our patients to be intuitive and mindful eaters. Time to kick the scale to the curb and relearn to trust your body. This is a non-diet approach and has the research to back it. One study showed an improvement in cholesterol, blood pressure and self-esteem/body image regardless of participants’ weight changes(1). HAES® is weight neutral. It does not mean that every weight is healthy, but that health can be achieved at all weights, body shapes and sizes. A persons’ weight may change, however, it is simply a side effect of tuning in and becoming more aware around our food choices and activity.

The HAES® approach teaches three ideas:
    1. Food should be eaten in a flexible manner (no food rules, foods are not “good” or “bad”)
    2. Aim to find enjoyment in moving your body (not to lose weight)
    3. Your body will find its best weight when you ear in response to hunger and respect satiety cues (rather than using external cues such as time on the clock, plate size, eating out politeness)

Contact the Family Health Team to find out about upcoming group programs or to speak with one of our Registered Dietitian’s and book a one-on-one consultation today.

Watch this:

Doc Mike Evans: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Read this:

Lindabacon.org: Linda Bacon, PhD is the driving force behind HAES®. She has excellent online resources and a number of books you may be interested in reading such as “Healthy at Every Size” and “Body Respect”

Oliver Pyatt Blog: Oliver-Pyatt Blog offers a variety of posts with information related to intuitive and mindful eating, binge-eating disorder & over-eating, and shame & self-acceptance. They recommend books such as “Fed Up!” (by Wendy Oliver-Pyatt) and “Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works” (by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch).

Reference:
  1. Bacon L, Stern J, Van Loan M, Keim N. Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improve Health for Obese, Female Chronic Dietiers. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005; 105:929-936. Doi:10.1016/j.jada.2005.03.011