‘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.