Last week, Washington Post health columnist Jennifer LaRue Huget and other media reported that some weight loss experts now recommend we evaluate our relationship with food rather than continue the diet talk. It’s a great start, but woefully short-sighted.

For the first time ever, I felt moved to comment. Here’s what I wrote in response:

“I agree that it’s time we shifted our perspective to include a look at internal factors. However, I think we are doing more harm than good by continuing to focus on eating, dieting, what we should and shouldn’t be “DOing.” It’s as if we’re putting the cart before the horse.

I have found in my coaching practice that when you start engaging in your life in new ways that fulfill your deepest longings (i.e. start writing that book you’ve put off, practice daily giving to your spouse), you’ll not only want to now take better care of yourself, you’ll also be too busy and feel too good to obsess over a brownie craving! Instead of solving the diet “problem ” and looking for what needs to be corrected, it is much more inspiring and effective to help someone create a compelling vision that launches forward the person he or she wants to “BE.” i.e. “Who do you get to be to have the full life you want?”

Once you can answer that, you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve your dream–be it taking the time to write your book 20 minutes a day OR taking a zumba class with a friend in order to experience how joyful it feels to move your body at the same time you connect with others.”
{Posted by Sarah under the username truce1.}

What do YOU think?