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Roller coaster or GPS? Take this Eating Cycle Quiz to find out

Michelle May


If you feel like you’re stuck in a futile cycle of yo-yo dieting, take this eating cycle quiz to learn whether you’re on a roller coaster or using your GPS. Here’s why…

The ride that never ends

Do you feel like you’re on a roller coaster as you attempt to improve your eating, physical activity, and self-care? At first, you stand on the platform, excited and ready to board, anticipating the thrill of the ride. But this roller coaster is not amusing. Somehow you’ve forgotten about the steep climb ahead that’s inevitably followed by a frightening downward spiral, eventually leading you right back to where you started.

Take our eating quiz to find out why you are on a roller coaster.Unlike roller coasters that promise a temporary thrill, diets lead you to believe you’ll get permanent results, despite all the evidence that the most common outcome is weight cycling and disordered eating. (Disordered eating is so common that these days, it seems normal!) In other words, you’ll be getting back on that ride soon!

The strange thing is that despite the diet-design that inevitably takes you right back where you started, you always feel like you failed! That’s why you’ve been willing to pay for another ride, thinking maybe you’ll get it right this time.

But diets are flawed – not you!

Until you recognize your own eating cycles and realize it’s possible to get off the roller coaster, you’ll stay strapped on that ride for the rest of your life.

Even though diets tell you they can get you “back on track,” do you really want to go around again? You can hope it will be different this time, but this roller coaster will always go in endless circles.

Is your GPS turned off?

Diet-are-like-roller-coastersYou were born with an internal “GPS” to guide you to meet your needs. Your body gives you constant feedback for how to take of yourself, like thirst when you need fluids, fatigue when you need rest, hunger when you need fuel, and stress when you need to calm your self.

I’m not saying the directions are always crystal clear, but as young children, we had the instinctive ability to eat when we’re hungry, stop when we’re full, eat what we love, and love what we eat—without thinking about food constantly in-between.

Most people who struggle with chronic yo-yo dieting don’t even know they have a GPS—or believe theirs is permanently broken.

Believe me! I’ve worked with thousands of people and I know you still have your GPS. It may be turned off or you need to relearn how to operate it again. Either way, we want to help you reconnect with your internal ability to manage your eating!

Take this eating cycle quiz

Hilly RoadInstead of getting back on that roller coaster, take our Eating Cycle Quiz to help you understand which eating cycle you tend to follow. It will give you a fresh perspective as you set your course for how you want to live your life.

Believe me. . . you CAN learn how to listen to and trust your internal GPS to guide you along. You’ll discover that it’s possible to enjoy the journey, maneuver through unexpected obstacles, and find yourself exactly where you’ve always dreamed you could be: living the big life you crave!

This article has been updated from a previously published version.

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