yFirstly, no two humans are alike, so why should we look alike? Genetics plays a huge role on how we look with 25 – 75 % being determined by our genes. For this reason focus should be on health not size, the only person who can change your attitude towards your body image, is YOU. Work on modifying your beliefs and attitudes about yourself. Show yourself the respect you deserve and don’t compare yourself to friends, family members and images in the media. You are unique, embrace that uniqueness which is you.
Wanting to attain the ‘’perfect body’’ often causes people to look for quick fixes, something that will help them lose weight fast or achieve a desired look or image. This is the wrong approach; the aim should be health since quick fixes are never the solution to a healthy diet.
Extremely calorie restrictive diets, low fat diets, diets that replace meals with shakes and pills are simply counterproductive. Quick weight loss generally results in muscle loss not just fat loss. Muscle is a very important component in maintaining our metabolism, therefore we do our body good to maintain muscle, not lose it. Extreme low-calorie diets can also leave us feeling emotionally and physically depleted, which could result in binge eating.
Most of the calorie cutting strategies used can also result in the following:
The aim to a healthy body is being more mindful and intuitive about eating. Drop the ‘diet culture’ that has developed over the years and that has planted a seed in our minds that being thin is tied to being healthy. Approach food positively looking for nourishment and look for whole foods that are linked to improving wellbeing. Nourish your body with what it needs and stop being hard on yourself when everything isn’t perfect. Most importantly love yourself for who and what you are. Your self-worth isn’t tied into how skinny your thighs are or how big your bicep is, you are worth so much more than that.