One of the most popular resolutions every year is losing weight. Women who decide they want to lose weight in the New Year are often unhappy with their appearance. Actually, the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC) says that 8 out of 10 women are dissatisfied with their reflection, and half of them see a distorted image of themselves.
Weight loss strategies almost always fail. Women put themselves through the agony of hunger, sugar and carb withdrawal, and then most go right back to eating just as they have been for years and gain all of the lost weight back. Many of them end up weighing more than what they did before they embarked on the diet and exercise adventure.
First Things First: Stop Losing Weight
It’s obvious that this popular Resolution isn’t working. Women are just ruining their bodies. With every diet they endure, their metabolism becomes a little slower resulting in sluggish weight loss and faster weight gain. It’s just not worth it.
So, what are women supposed to do? Walk around with low self-esteem because we know people are judging our weight?
No, the secret is to learn to accept and love the body as it is.
It is possible to do it. It’s a learned attitude towards yourself.
Just as you learned how you “should” look from society, you need to learn how to accept your body. You need to learn what society may deem as attractive is not actually what women need to look like. It’s time to embark on the Body Image Movement.
The “Body Image Movement’s job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to me more accepting of who they are, to use positive language regarding their bodies and others, and to prioritize health before beauty.”
It’s About Health Not Size
Prioritizing health before beauty is the most important step in accepting one’s body. It’s not about being small or big; it’s about our bodies being cared for in the way they need to be cared for to make us feel good. “Loving oneself is not the same as loving one’s body. Accepting one’s body doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change it. If we treat our bodies with love – good sleep, healthy foods, regular exercise – we won’t have to love our bodies despite the way we look. Instead, the way we look will reflect how much we love and care for the bodies we have been given,” according to Ruth C. White Ph.D., public health practitioner.
Accepting Your Body – The Cheat Sheet
So, how do you accept your body in the New Year? Start treating it better. Find out what your body needs each day. Vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and even fat give you energy. Sleep, activity, and creativity strengthen your mind, body and soul.
Instead of researching the latest fad diet for hours, study nutrition and exercise. When you eat and move, think about how good they are for your health. LOVE yourself by loving your body. It’s just like loving other people in your life. You care about them and you want to help them with what they need. Care about your body and help it with what it needs.
Before you know it, you’ll start to appreciate what your body does for you. This will make you happy, and much happier with the way you look.