The Minnesota Starvation Experiment was a study done during WW2. A group of 36 healthy men were taken from a pretty standard male diet of 3200 calories (for 12 weeks) to a restricted diet of 1600 cals (which, lets be honest, is more than most diets allow for) for 6 months
Needless to say throughout this time the men lost weight. But what is perhaps more interesting was the accompanying preoccupation and obsession with food, behaviour change, and loss of motivation, that came with it
Over the course of the 6 months, eating become more ritualised; they would day dream about food, fantasise about it, obsess over cookbooks…
And the reason that this is important? It shows us that a preoccupation with food is a natural and physiological effect of calorie restriction itself.
And so if you spend your life on a diet, or forcing yourself to eat less than you should, what do you miss out on? What does an obsession with food take away from you?
All I can say is I know how it feels for food to be your every waking thought; when planning, pinteresting, instagramming, and dwelling over food seems like a full time job.
But there is only, really, one way out: to eat enough. Because living in a semi-starved state means you will never really be able to engage with LIFE, or find enjoyment and meaning AWAY from dieting, because your body is screaming out for food.
If you are struggle please ask for help. Truly, life is so worth living. But you have to try to even be able to see that. Start today.