As far as dieting goes, I’m with Geneen Roth, the author of Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything:
“Diets are based on the unspoken fear that you are a madwoman, a food terrorist, a lunatic…The promise of a diet is not only that you will have a different body; it is that in having a different body, you will have a different life. If you hate yourself enough, you will love yourself. If you torture yourself enough, you will become a peaceful, relaxed human being.”
Roth goes on to list seven eating guidelines:
“1. Eat when you are hungry.
2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.
3. Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations or music.
4. Eat what your body wants.
5. Eat until you are satisfied.
6. Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.
7. Eat with enjoyment, gusto, and pleasure.”
A diet is the pursuit of a goal that lasts for a few weeks at most. These seven guidelines are a system of habits that last a lifetime.
As we know, systems are way better than goals.