Dieting is one of the most common forms of disordered eating. There is a fine line between an eating disorder and dieting. Today, many people rationalise their way of eating under the guise of “healthy living” or wellness. In fact, many chronic dieters fail to recognise that they have an eating disorder until they are deeply affected. Eating disorders exist on a spectrum and not all restrictive eaters or chronic dieters look like they have an eating disorder.
Chronic Dieting Syndrome is the extreme practice of following fad diets that leads to detrimental physical and psychological outcomes. In general, this is someone who severely restricts their caloric intake regularly as a means of losing weight. This person is obsessed with body weight and size, will often go on different diets to achieve weightloss to achieve even more weightloss. There is a tendency for weight to fluctuate up and down and this weight cycling has a negative long-term effect on the person, both physically and psychologically.
Treatment and how I work
My vast training in a number of modalities allows me to incorporate various tools into my work. Essentially, I see your issue as an opening, or a pathway that is merely the opportunity for us to walk along or through to uncover the deeper messages that the wisdom of your body is trying to tell us. Your challenge is not a failure or a negative, it is a message of brilliance that your body is trying to tell you.
My work is about what works best for you, and what will enable you to become your best possible self.
Your relationship with your body and food is thus a teacher, and an opportunity to learn and grow. By listening to the message, hearing what it is conveying and making meaning from it, you have the opportunity to make changes and move forward. Symptoms and feelings will continue to come back until their message is learnt. Everyone is different, and there is no one size fits all approach or modality. My work is about what works best for you, and what will enable you to become your best possible self.