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Can't use/can't quit fad diets

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I'm addicted to fad diets. This aha! moment hit me last night after doing some reading. Yes, there are certain foods that when eaten, cause me to feel unbalanced on all levels, but the core addiction is to fad diets.

I love the thrill & excitement that precedes a new diet. I drool with anticipation when I come up with meal plans, exercise routines & food substitutions. I can't get enough of what each one promises: the Thin Fantasy I have about what my life will look like when I finally lose the last 20 lbs.

In my fantasy, I feel: empowered, confident, warm, safe, strong, proud, self-assured, secure in myself, invigorated by being alive, passionate, happy & calm & peaceful, trusting of & trusted by others, accepting of my self & acceptance from others, spontaneous, creative, independent, intelligent, competent, like a leader & not a follower, purposeful. I want more of these in my everyday life.

More importantly, I want my need for human connection (e.g. affection, appreciation, closeness, support, trust, etc.) to be met. I want my need for honesty, integrity, & authenticity to be met. I want my need for autonomy, play, well-being, & inner peace to be met.

I can't use fad diets & Thin Fantasies any more, but I also can't imagine how I'm supposed to quit using them. Fortunately, I've got OA in my corner, both on SP & IRL. Here's to finally recovering from disordered eating & being free from food/weight/diet obsession!
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  • PRINCESSMELANNI
    I'm glad you're coming to terms with your addiction to fad diets. Yes a lot of them do work, but at extreme costs to your body. Some friends and I, during high school, would make up our own fad diets. Some of them were: only eat half the sandwhich, only eat salads for lunch, drink 8 glasses of water/day. Uh, hello! We were just eating healthy! But of course, you don't lose as fast as crash/fad diets so we never kept with them.

    Like NATTSO78 said, we're all here for you and looking out for you!
    3949 days ago
  • NEEDLESTUCK
    I get this. My return to OA was about 'this is INSANE'. I was hopping from one 'solution' to another and nothing was working and it was STUPID. Fast/easy solutions aren't solutions at all

    Now, on program, I'm losing more weight than I was before. Go figure.
    3952 days ago
  • NATTSO78
    I dig your outlook - very positive! We're here for you when you need us - we'll be there to pick you up when you falter - just let us know!
    I feel the same way about the fad diets - the ideas are great but then the novelty wears off after 2 weeks - such a shame
    3953 days ago
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