1)Myth: Dieting is a good way for me to lose weight.
Fact: 95-98% of people who go on a diet gain back all the weight they lose plus more, according to a National Institute of Health study. If you talk to someone you know who is a long-term dieter, chances are they will tell you that they weigh more now than before they started dieting.
Positive Step: The key to a healthy relationship with food is to eat when you are hungry, eat exactly what you are hungry for and stop when you are satisfied. When you eat in this way, your body will stabilize at its natural weight.
2)Myth: I can stop my body from adding fat cells by eating less.
Fact: Around puberty, girls will find that their bodies develop fat around their hips, thighs and buttocks. This is supposed to happen, even though there is much pressure in our culture to stay thin. When you try to stop this process by restricting your food intake, especially during adolescence, your body is programmed to think that you will not be prepared for child-bearing years. As a result, you will have a physiological response in which you will produce more fat cells and larger fat cells that will be with you for life.
Positive Step: Accept the fact that your body will naturally change throughout the life cycle. Celebrate the health and capacities of your body rather than trying to attain cultural ideals which are unrealistic.
3) Myth: I should only eat healthy foods.
Fact: Although it is important to include healthy foods in your diet, we all like a variety of foods and we live in a society where food is abundant. When you tell yourself you can't have a certain food, such as a cookie, you feel a sense of deprivation. Eventually, you will rebel against the deprivation and eat more cookies than your body needs. While you may feel out of control, this is a normal reaction to restricting foods.
Positive Step: Keep all foods "legal." When you eat a wide variety of foods...