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Dieting vs. Self Love

We have been dieting hard since the ‘70s and where has it gotten us?

Well, we spend over $70 billion a year annually on dieting. So is it working?

Of course not! Dieting isn’t designed to work, it’s designed to make money.

Another key indicator that this just isn’t working? Dieting and obesity became common at the same time. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Dieting is so seductive. It promises a new body, a new life, happiness, health, even love. Has a diet ever given you any of these things? I know it never gave me one minute of happiness, even when I did lose weight. No matter how thin I became there was always another goal to reach or area to tone. Weight loss is our goal but is it really what we are looking for?

If limiting your calorie intake and exercising more isn’t working for us in finding health, wellness, and inner peace, what will?

It may not be what you thought. Self love is the answer.

We diet because we hate our bodies. Almost everything we do in the quest to lose weight is fueled by wanting to change, make ourselves better, make ourselves different. When your motivation is negative, the results will be too.

Why not try loving your body into health? You’ll take much better care of a body you love than one that you hate.

Taking care of your body does not mean counting calories or working your butt off in the gym everyday. It means listening to your body; what it needs, what it wants and what it could do without.

It’s so frustrating to see someone say, “I am so tired and sore but I have to workout today!” No, you don’t! Rest is just as important as being active, but we have forgotten about this in our busy-obsessed society.

4 Ways To Love Your Body Into Health

1. Instead of restricting food intake, start listening to your body: Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.

2. Rest when you need to: If you are sore and exhausted, rest!

3. Allow yourself to accept your body as it is today. You don’t need to change. You can find that happiness and inner peace you’ve been looking for in dieting and you can find it within yourself.

4. Find physical activity you actually enjoy! Forget about burning calories, think about your health. You are worth having a lifestyle you actually enjoy. You don’t need to punish yourself into health, you can love it!

Over to you: What motivates your health goals? Sound off below!

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4 Comments

  1. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    June 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Love this! For many, many years I hated my body. I dieted to the extreme, ran until my heels bled, and never felt accomplished. I was exhausted. Since starting Yoga about 4 years ago I’ve slowly learned to love my body. Instead of focusing on how thing or how strong I could get, I’ve been focusing on enjoying my practice, and appreciating what my body can do. I eat what I want and never feel guilty (at least not anymore). This article is a great testament!

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    Shawn

    June 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Your 4 steps are so right on! I love this. #1 is exactly how I went from 324 pounds to the 170 I’m at now. I started listening to my body and just going with what it was saying. I heard it say, I feel cruddy when you over eat or eat sweats so I made those changes and over time it made a TON of difference (see what I did there? lol).

    I am very new to yoga, started just over a month ago but I’ve been doing it almost every day with some rest days in there. Its the perfect example of your point number 4. I used to go to the gym because I had to but now I go to yoga because I want to. I get great burn and physical affects from it but without the crazy no pain no gain mindset. On top of that I get all the great psychological affects.

    Thanks for your article!

  3. Amanda

    Amanda

    June 29, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I used to work out everyday no matter what. I’ve become a lot more forgiving. I still go to the gym almost every day, but if I have one of those days where I’m really not feeling it, I give myself a break. I used to think that was being lazy and I had to push through it, but now I know my body well enough — and trust my habits enough — to take a guilt-free day (or two) off. I love #4 and it’s something I go back to in all my teaching, be it yoga or other fitness endeavors: find the joy in movement. It doesn’t matter if it’s yoga, walking, dancing, horseback riding, weightlifting, whatever. Find that thing that makes you love moving your body, makes you love what your body is capable of. When we focus on that, the rest of it falls into line. When we focus on health, the weight loss comes as a byproduct.

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    Jamie

    July 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I love this post! I struggle with eating ALL THE *SUGARY/FATTY/SALTY* THINGS and am working on giving my body the fuel it needs rather than the fuel it *thinks* it wants. For months I had been dragging myself to workouts that I dreaded and found any excuse to avoid. And then I discovered a local kickboxing fitness gym and since joining two weeks ago find myself excited for my next workout! Definitely working on the “health is loving my body” rather than because of hating my body. Thank you!

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