What do you mean by "Dieting" and "Diet-Mentality"?
Diet-Mentality is the mindset underpinning and reinforcing the act of Dieting. Diet-Mentality is the belief that 1) some foods are inferior and should be limited or restricted, 2) there are right and wrong ways to eat, 3) dietary restriction is necessary for morality, health and the pursuit of Thinness. Dieting is acting on these beliefs.
What are you talking about when you say "Diet Culture" and "Christian Diet Culture"?
Diet Culture is a system of beliefs that values the Thin Ideal and the appearance of health above all else. Christian Diet Culture is a system of beliefs that has merged Biblical Truths and Diet Culture. Scripture is often taken out of context in order to support dieting, pursuit of the Thin Ideal and shame around eating some foods in certain ways.
Why don't diets work?
Each of our bodies are designed to maintain a weight within a "setpoint" range. Everybody's range is different. We can gain and lose weight within that range without our bodies stepping in to intervene. If our weight drops above or below that range, several biological mechanisms kick in to push us back up/down into that range.
The only way to know our individual setpoint range is to eat according to our own hunger, fullness, satiety cues and move our bodies in ways that feel good. Diets from food restriction and/or overexercise don't work in the long term because our bodies are working to keep us healthy and thriving according to our unique body blueprint.
What is Intuitive Eating?
Intuitive Eating is the way we were born eating. Eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full. Choosing foods that are satisfying and nourishing for our minds and bodies. Intuitive Eating is the process of letting go of external food rules and relearning to connect with our hunger, fullness and satiety cues.
Do people lose (or gain) weight from Intuitive Eating?
Research has not shown a correlation between Intuitive Eating and weight loss. What studies have found is that people's weight stabilizes (no more dangerous "yo-yo" weight cycling) as they settle into their setpoint range. Even without weight loss the study participants showed improved health measured by increased HDL (good cholesterol), lower triglycerides and blood pressure, higher self-esteem, mental health and well-being.
What are Diet-Induced Eating Disorders?
Dieting often acts as the triggering event that is the catalyst for an Eating Disorder. Dieting usually results in a restrict-binge-purge cycle that causes biopsychosocial changes and can spiral into an Eating Disorder. In a "clean and whole foods" diet culture, Orthorexia is an increasingly common diet-induced Eating Disorder. Orthorexia is a type of Eating Disorder characterized by increasing fixation on eating "healthy".