Why You Don’t Need To Make ‘Lose Weight’ Your New Year’s Resolution

‘Tis the season to make new year resolutions with the most common one being to ‘lose weight’.

As a body positivity enthusiast, I look for people to live healthy lives while avoiding fad diets. I’ve wrote many posts about my opinions on the diet industry so you probably know my view by now. But if you don’t, let’s just say… I hate diet culture.

So why shouldn’t you make ‘lose weight’ your new year’s resolution?

So many people set the goal of ‘losing weight’, ‘get fit’ or ‘go to the gym’ without realising how absolutely miserable that will make them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that some people absolutely love going to the gym, eating super healthy and staying fit but that’s not the life for everyone.

That brings me to the question, why do most people set ‘weight loss’ as a new year’s goal?

When a lot of people you see on social media start the year going ‘strong’ and hitting the gym, it can be easy to feel pressured to join them. You idolise those who you feel have their life ‘together’ and aim to be just like them. But that’s the problem.

You don’t need to jump on the bang waggon and start a fad diet in the hopes of dropping a few pounds. Sure, you might feel good at first but then once the novelty starts wearing off, it might start to suck.

Every time I had started one of these money making schemes that you may know as Weight Watchers or Slimming World, I start off so strong. I lose a few pounds one week and then again the next and then I finally realise that there’s just no point. I would be making myself miserable and for what exactly? Just so that I can look slim and feel pretty.

When people lose weight, everyone says to them ‘Wow, you look so good’ and it makes me so angry. Yes, they do look great, but they also looked great before they lost all the weight.

If you want to set ‘lose weight’ as a New Year’s resolution then go for it, but make sure you don’t start a fad diet in the hopes of looking like the people that you see all over the health and fitness tags on Instagram.

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13 Comments

  1. December 10, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I. love. this. post. I think the common misconception with losing weight is that people think as soon as you’re slimmer it automatically makes you happier and more motivated and more appealing which you know what, it actually really doesn’t. What makes you all these things is the person YOU are, not your appearance. My new years resolution is to start posting more full length pictures as I love fashion and loving myself for the curvy lady I am!
    Alice Xx

  2. December 11, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Hi, so long as you are healthy and happy isn’t that all that matters

  3. December 11, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I was actually planning on writing a very similar post around the New Year – Why a New Year doesn’t have to mean a ‘New You’! I completely agree with absolutely everything! I’ve always believed that losing weight should be done for you and should be done so healthily, if you so please, and not for anyone else but yourself.. 🙊

  4. December 11, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    This is a really great post! I so often see people aiming to lose weight in the new year but you’re right! It’s being healthy and happy that matters! xx

  5. Zara Anne
    December 11, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    One of my New Years resolutions is to lose weight for my own health reasons but I think of it as building on my success from this year as opposed to a harsh demand on myself. I think if you keep your health first and focus on your wellbeing before imposing drastic standards on your body that it’s much much safer! Xx

    Itsallzara.co.uk

  6. Zoe Jackson
    December 11, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    YES YES YES! I love this! My entire 2017 has been in a depressive state due to not being able to lose weight, because i love my food but I love to workout, solely to how it makes me feel, which is good but I love good food so some weeks I wouldn’t lose weight and I’d get down so my resolution for 2018 is to eat what I want and be happy and to workout as much or as little as I want but not to lose weight but to feel good! I hate diets and no-one tells everyone that one diet doesn’t fit all which I believe is very important. Great post! Sorry for the long reply <3

  7. December 11, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to get fit or lose weight, I think the problem is the way people go about it in such an unrealistic way. It should be more about a few smaller lifestyle changes you can maintain rather than a fad diet that will make you miserable. Great message though x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  8. December 11, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    Losing weight is a resolution of mine every year but only to get back to the weight I was before an indulgent Christmas! Definitely not into fad diets!- https://sophiehearts.net x

  9. Hannah
    December 11, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Love your positive outlook! Beautiful post x

  10. December 11, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    All this is so true! The number of blog posts I will be reading this month about losing weight in the new year is ridiculous <3

    Morgan

  11. December 11, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    You’re absolutely right, these days there’s so much pressure on everyone to look picture perfect. Even though most of us know that Instagram and magazine photos are edited, they still seem to set the benchmark. It’s a shame, because it’s so unnecessary! I used to worry about my weight when I was younger but now I don’t really care. As long as I’m healthy, happy, my husband and daughter love me, who else matters? Great post! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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