“I’ll start tomorrow” is probably one of the most well-known and famous phrases to come out of any female’s mouth.
Many females like myself, are probably able to maintain a good streak of a meat free, carb free, sugar free and dairy free diet for a maximum of 48 hours. It is evident from my experience, that now, you don’t even have to be on a low calorie or food restricting diet to technically even be on a diet. Somehow I have been able to convince myself that by simply saying “I am on a diet” to family members and myself, makes me think I am making some sort of progress.
I find myself on numerous occasions opening the fridge or cupboards and looking at what I can nibble on. I make the excuse that the bigger the item of food the more calories; and as a result I end up picking a large variety of small foods throughout the day such as yoghurt pots, pepperami’s, 5 grapes (5 of my 5 a day) mini cheddars (simply because the flavour sounds healthier than salt and vinegar, and is physically smaller than a packet of crisps) and the occasional biscuit or apple pie. Which as an obvious result, probably means that I encounter the same if not more calories than I would have eating the larger foods I originally wanted.
But by constantly telling myself that I am on a diet, I am to question whether making myself constantly aware of my nutritional intake am I affecting my body in anyway? Or just satisfying my ego by saying that I am actually doing something to take care of myself. This leads me to the conclusion that when I say ‘I am on a diet’, it simply just makes me feel better about my nutritional choices. When in reality I am eating exactly the same just in different ways and can almost make it justifiable.
Could this be the diet that leads people to obesity?