This post is pretty hard for me to write because I’m sure that there will be some people who disagree but it’s something that I really wanted to say. I was inspired to write this post by Fat Girl Flow. You can check out her blog here and her youtube channel here. She recently uploaded a video sharing her opinion on whether or not dieting was body positive.
If you want to watch her video then click here. It’s definitely worth a watch!
After watching the video, I really felt inspired to share my story about dieting.
I’ve dieted on and off for as long as I can remember. I think it all started when I was age 14. During school, I was slightly larger than most of the children in my classes but it was nothing to worry about because I was perfectly healthy.
The only problem was that I was young and when you’re bigger than the rest of the people you spend everyday with, you can start to feel a little bad about yourself. I felt different to most of my friends and most of my confidence disappeared.
My diet story really started when I would attend weight loss classes such as weight watchers and slimming world with my mum. She would go and I would end up doing the diet too. Going to those classes, sadly made me learn that you will only really make people proud of you when you’re losing weight. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that I can make people proud of me in so many different ways.
At aged 16, I was on a milkshake diet called Herbalife. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of it before so I’ll quickly explain it. You basically drink 3 milkshakes a day and you take vitamin tablets to get all the extra healthy bits that the milkshakes miss. The only food that you were allowed to eat was a very small amount of protein a day. You would usually end up only drinking milkshakes.
While I was only drinking the milkshake, I was losing about 5lbs a week. This was a lot of weight for me to lose considering I really wasn’t that plus size.
When I stopped the Herbalife diet, I felt very low in my mood. I was so scared of gaining weight because throughout my life, I had been told that gaining weight was bad!
That’s when I started having some issues. I wouldn’t eat enough and I occasionally made myself throw up what I did eat. I haven’t really told anyone about that before but I feel like it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all deal with out stress and problems in different ways.
Since then, I have been back on and off diets such as Weight Watchers
I lost a lot more weight and I even got certificates congratulating me on my weight loss. Would you believe it?!
But do you know what…. I AM DONE!
I’m so done with all these diets that make me feel bad about myself. I don’t want to be somewhere or in a place in my life when you only get applauded for losing weight.
Do you know how expensive all these diets are?! It’s a money making scheme and I’m done giving money to these companies that gain money from people being unhappy with their bodies.
So before all of you go making comments about how people can do what they want with their own bodies, then you should know that I agree. People have illness and other reasons that make them want to lose weight. If that’s what you want to do then go for it. You’re allowed to be the you that you want to be.
However, if you’re on a diet because you think that is what you’re suppose to be doing so that you can fit into societies idea of perfect then you need to stop!
Are you a diet industry drop out like me? Do you have any diet experiences that you want to share? I would love to hear your thoughts.