Shayna Schmidt | May 4, 2018

A little-known holiday happening this Sunday, May 6 is "International No Diet Day." INDD is an annual celebration of body acceptance, meaning an acceptance of all shapes and sizes. This day is also dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and to raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success. The first International No Diet Day was celebrated in the UK in 1992. Feminist groups in other countries around the globe have started to celebrate International No Diet Day, especially here in the US, as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel, Denmark, Sweden and Brazil.

In celebrating International No Diet Day, participants aim to:

  • Question the idea of one "right" body shape.
  • Raise awareness of weight discrimination, size bias and fat phobia.
  • Declare a day free from diets and obsessions about body weight.
  • Present the facts about the diet industry, emphasizing the inefficacy of commercial diets.
  • Honor the victims of eating disorders and weight-loss surgery.
  • Help end weight discrimination, sizism and fat phobia.

At Livekick, of course we are the first to promote a healthy lifestyle. However, in many people's opinion, this means living a life of restriction, dieting, and misery. This is not how it has to be! And it's one of our missions at Livekick to ring that message true, loud and clear.

As Ann Fletcher cites in her best-seller Thin for Life, the Institute of Medicine has stated that, "those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years."

Restricting what you eat 24/7 doesn't work. Good or bad, most diets are doomed to fail. According to John Berardi, the genius behind Precision Nutrition, the problem is that people think the goal of a diet is weight loss. We know, we know... you're like, "What?! The goal of a diet IS weight loss, dummy!" Hear us out.

Let's say you go on the best diet in the world for three months. The weight is melting off and you're thrilled. However, once you're "done" with this 3-month diet, you go back to your old eating habits, right? What happens then? You eventually gain all of the weight back, and most likely, some additional pounds as well.

So what do we focus on instead?

While everybody focuses on how fast they lose weight, the real key to success is focusing on how long the weight will stay off. And the real goal is to change how you interact with food and physical activity FOREVER. The real goal is to change your lifestyle and implement new habits. Thus, with lifestyle programs, weight loss is a side effect and not the primary goal. See what we mean?!

Our co-founder Dianne Sykes consistently gives this advice re: dieting: stop vilifying food. It's not the food itself that's bad; it's the emotional charge we give it that's bad. Instead of vilifying certain foods or food groups and focusing on weight loss as the main goal, Dianne suggests asking these 2 essential questions:

  1. How would the highest version of me (the exquisitely healthy version of me) fuel myself?
  2. Does this feel good?

The bottom line

In a world where we put so much emphasis on instant gratification, it’s no wonder that people end up on endless diets where they lose weight fast and put it back on nearly as fast.

As researchers remark, “The long-term success of different weight management programs should be measured not just in terms of direct weight loss, but, also in terms of how long people stick to their program.” Repeat after us: “Faster isn’t better. Simpler is better.”

This weekend, let's celebrate NOT restricting in an attempt to get quick results, and NOT body shaming to convince ourselves we're not perfect. Celebrating No Diet Day is best done by recognizing that your own body is beautiful exactly as it is. Celebrating No Diet Day is best done by making an effort to start living a healthier lifestyle overall. Worry less about a final product, and more about getting outside and being active and keeping your body happy and healthy. Losing weight rapidly or shooting for unrealistic body types is an surefire way to cause yourself harm in the pursuit of health. Instead, love your body by nourishing it well and moving it often. Questions about how to do so? Signup with your very own coach today.