Diet vs Lifestyle Change | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


I was just reading Lisa’s Toot your Horn post and laughed when she said she forgot which day she was supposed to write. I was sure my next post was weigh in on May 2. I decided to check to be sure. Guess what? WRONG!! It said I had a post due in the morning.

Before the panic totally engulfed me, I called my fitness instructor and said “Help! I have a post due in the morning and I’m drawing a complete blank. What should I write about?”. God bless Nicki! She gave me a great idea. She said why not talk about how hard it is to stick to a diet and how it needs to be a lifestyle change and not a diet at all. Ding, ding, ding! I think we have a winner.

DIET. What an awful word. Don’t we all just hate it? Any word that has “die” as part of it cannot be good. I don’t know what it is about the word diet, but as soon as I say I’m going on one, I want to eat everything in sight. Why does it have such power over me? I did some research and found some great insight into that.

Anne V. Pac from spelled out the differences between diet and lifestyle changes perfectly. She said….”When you are dieting, you are ■giving up control of what you are eating to a “program” ■looking for a temporary fix to a long term habit ■looking at external cues for your success or failure,such as number on a scale ■not taking responsibilities for your actions ■not learning about food or activities and how they can affect you ■treating a symptom not a cause

In making a life style change, you are deciding that you are in it for the long haul, such as forever. You are evaluating what works for you, through trial and error. You are deciding for YOU what works and does not work. You are getting in touch with your feelings and thoughts about changes you are making, and this can make these changes more effective and long lasting.” Check out the link. She has a great video on there where she talks about the differences.