Questioning the way you think about your body and weight loss. What if weight loss is NOT the answer?
If you follow me on Instagram or have been reading my blog posts lately, you may have noticed more anti-diet posts lately. As a fairly new dietitian, I came out of graduate school and my internship ready to save the world with meals plans and weight loss goals. I knew the healthy living weight loss formula, if only I could get everyone else to see it too, then everyone would be happy and healthy.
But here’s the thing. Science changes and people change and so do their perspectives. Mine certainly has. What they don’t teach you in grad school is that dieting may actually be the cause of weight gain and feelings of worthlessness. That people are perfectly capable of being healthy in larger bodies. That as dietitians, we don’t have to prescribe diets and calorie ranges. They don’t teach you about Intuitive Eating and non-diet approaches to healthy living.
While I have never been overweight, I’ve still had my struggles with the diet mentality and my own eating disorder. The dieting mentality is all everywhere, constantly telling us that you have no value in this world unless you’re thin. That your accomplishments don’t matter unless you have the ideal body. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
What if weight loss is not the answer? What if you could stop counting calories? What if you could enjoy something rich and indulgent without feeling guilty? What if you could move your body without it feeling like punishment for how ‘badly’ you ate yesterday?
How much would you gain from NOT obsessing about food and the size of your body?
This past year, ‘meeting’ some amazing dietitians and other non-diet practitioners through blogging and social media has opened up my eyes to the practice of intuitive eating and the non-diet approach, and it has totally changed the way I think and practice for the better, which is why you will no longer see me promoting weight loss as the answer to healthy living.
I now believe that weight loss is NOT the answer to everything, and I want you to think about a different solution, too. We don’t try to change the size shoe we wear, so why the hell would we try to change our natural body size? Why does body size even matter?
It’s not easy rejecting all of society’s ideals about what makes you valuable and what attractive looks like. But I think it’s worth it to challenge your way of thinking to come out healthier and happier on the other side. To let go of dieting and the obsession with weight loss. If you want to join me on this journey, please do! Keep following my non-diet approach and get curious about changing the way you think about how you eat. Because you deserve better than the diet trap. You deserve to be happy and loved just the way you are.