I have an issue with diet culture; I truly despise it. I understand that a number on the scale does not signify nutrition or overall health and obsessing over calories and weight will do nothing but give me anxiety and an unattainable goal for myself. I actually think we have diet cultured ourselves into thinking that habits in the realm of eating disorders And that is why I’m changing my relationship with food and body.
When I say I’m changing my relationship with food I mean I’m not going to obsess over how many calories my meal has or if I ate two many chips yesterday. Why? Because it’s pointless, it will do nothing but make my obsessive and guilty when I slip up. My new goal is to be conscious of the food choices I make and why I’m making them. Am I eating because I’m hungry or because I’m hungry, am I choosing to eat this ice cream because I’m upset or because it’s a treat I’d just like to indulge in? This type of awareness when I make food choices makes me less obsessive, more inclined to make good choices, and less guilty about indulging in the food I enjoy occasionally.
When I say I’m changing my relationship with my body, this is about forgetting the scale. A (simple) number on the scale doesn’t tell me my muscle or body fat composition, my blood pressure, my insulin levels or really anything specific about my health and lifestyle that I need to change. A doctor could, paying attention to how my body feels could, my ability to do certain activities without feeling winded could, looking in the mirror and liking how I look could tell me, but not seeing 150 lbs instead of 175 lbs, it’s arbitrary in the grand scheme of things. This is why working out regularly is still a goal of mine, but obsessing about a scale is not.
I make this post to say as a society, I think we should reassess a lot of our values when it comes to health, weight, weight loss, diet, and exercise, because I think we all have been taught some unhealthy habits and been told that obsessing over numbers on scales and calorie crunching is good behavior, no matter how mad it is for us both emotionally and physically, I challenge you to reevaluate your body goals and the journey you take to get there, and let me know in the comments what you think and how you approach health, fitness, and body image, I’d love to hear from you!