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  • Writer's pictureJessica Trainor

What does it really mean for my therapist to be anti-diet?

If you constantly feel trapped by diet culture, finding yourself stuck in a binge/restrict cycle - you are in the right place.

An anti-diet approach may be the right fit for you!

Anti-diet therapy looks to challenge harmful messages and behaviors related to diet culture. It explores a more positive relationship with food, one’s body as well as self-esteem. Anti-diet therapy is based on the idea that dieting and constantly striving for weight loss is harmful to our mental and physical health. Healing requires us to address underlying factors that contribute to the binge/restrict cycle that people commonly find themselves in during diets.

The concepts of wellness and health have been kidnapped and morphed by diet culture - having us believe that thinness is the ideal and that weight loss is the key to health and happiness. Most women actually consider their appearance to be a large part of their self-worth. Diet culture has been linked to many negative outcomes such as poor health, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction. When we think we are the problem, and hate our bodies - we treat it poorly; starving it, forcing it to move, not allowing it to rest. This actually perpetuates the binge/restrict cycle.

Anti-diet therapy focuses on:

  1. Rejecting diet culture.

  2. Fostering self-compassion.

  3. Healing emotional wounds.

  4. Building body acceptance and neutrality.

  5. Exploring intuitive eating.

Anti-diet therapy is a client-centered approach, with an emphasis on creating a safe and supportive space for people to explore experiences and emotions related to food and body image. Anti-diet therapy can be effective in improving body image, reducing disordered eating behaviors, and forming a more positive relationship with food and one’s body.

If you feel anti-diet therapy may be the right fit for you, connect with me today to learn more.



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