OK. If talking about diets, restrictive foods, exercise for the purpose of changing body shape or weight, eating disorders and other similar topics is not great for you to read, you may want to give this blog post a miss.
If you’re considering going on a diet as part of a personal transformation that you believe that the new year can bring, please do read this post!
As a new year draws to an end, advertising for weight loss companies and gyms goes into overdrive. People around us, even those who society considers “thin” are making resolutions to go on a diet to lose weight, or go to the gym to sculpt and tone their bodies, or some other change that will change the shape and size of their bodies.
For those of us who are bigger than the accepted ideal, the New Year can become a fraught time, with many of us feeling guilt over the food we have consumed over the festive season, and maybe even enduring humiliation about their bodies from family and friends. We may also feel shame over the lack of physical exercise we have been able to squeeze in between rushing through the December madness, with break ups and shopping that often result in a lot more gendered labour for women.
With all of that pressure, there’s no wonder that a lot of us make a resolution to lose weight, eat ‘better’ or exercise more… But ultimately for most of us, only 8% of people who make a New Year Resolution will achieve their goal, and most of us will no longer be working towards that resolution by February. EEP!
But we often take this failure to achieve weight loss as a personal failure – if we were unsuccessful in dieting to lose weight, this is because we failed to keep to the eating plan, or the gym schedule that has been worked out for us. However, its important to consider – what if it wasn’t that we failed at the diet – what if diets have failed us?
If we consider that even of people who do lose a significant portion of their body weight will regain most of the weight within 5 to 10 years of doing so, and that our very biology has evolved in such a way as to discourage weight loss to keep us alive, it seems that the idea of dieting just isn’t going to work. Its not just a matter, of eating less to lose weight – dieting doesn’t work for the majority of the population, you might as well make a resolution to win the lottery!
So instead of making a resolution to lose weight this New Year, is there a way that we can harness the transformational desires that many of us feel at the transition between years? Are we doomed to continue our lives without change? Hell no! I’ll explore this in another blog post tomorrow.
But for now, let’s make a commitment together – that the way we eat and move in 2019 will be motivated by what will nourish our bodies and relationships, and make us feel better, rather than what will make us lose weight.
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