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January 2019

New Year’s Resolutions: Going on a Diet Again?
Jo Harrison

It’s January and time to brace ourselves for the inevitable onslaught of diet industry propaganda. It’s all nonsense and we need to remember that diets do not work, however guilty we’re made to feel.

We will see the same advice as last year dressed up in new clothes but they’re all essentially just the same books, DVDs, blogs and diet plans. Even fun, zesty lifestyle changes which have weight loss as a goal are just diets in fancy new clothing.

New Year’s Resolutions: Going on a Diet Again?

The pursuit of weight loss most frequently leads to weight-cycling. Weight lost is eventually re-gained, sometimes with a bit extra. This yo-yoing puts increased stress on your body and is at best a waste of time, and at worst harmful. Nearly everyone can lose weight on diets but not in the long term. Diet companies make money because their product fails.

But what if you want to improve your health? Allowing diet companies to guilt you into a lifestyle change is never a good idea and sometimes losing weight is not possible, especially if you have a chronic health condition that is beyond your control.

Some of us choose to prioritise other things in our lives and that too is legitimate. Body-shaming and body guilt can stress us out, and stress is bad for our health. Instead, what if we were prompted to discover things that add meaning, joy, and fulfilment to our lives? Because we all deserve to live peaceably in our bodies. Our self-worth is non-negotiable.

Here are some body-accepting, joy-encouraging, diet-shunning things to consider this New Year:

  1. If you’re curvy and find choosing clothes disheartening, look for fashion that embraces diverse bodies. Our clothes needn’t be apologies. If you love certain colours or patterns, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy dressing in them.
  2. Find activities that make you feel good – even if you don’t think you should do them until you’re thinner and/or fitter, such as doing your favorite exercise or going out with your loved ones.
  3. Remember that health is not a measure of anyone’s worth. Supposedly positive mantras like “strong is the new skinny” still prioritise some people over others.
  4. Have a think about joyful things you can add to your life rather than things you can take away, such as the nice things your loved ones have done for you.
  5. Find a kind of exercise or movement you enjoy. Dance in your kitchen like no one but the cat is watching. Hop, skip, jump, whatever. The goal is enjoyment, nothing more.
  6. Find a community where you feel comfortable discussing body image issues. Shame and guilt flourish in isolation. You may feel alone, but you’ll be surprised just how many people feel the same as you do and just how amazing it feels to be heard and understood.
  7. Challenge your own assumptions about other people’s health or body size because those things mean you’re also judging yourself by the same standards.

source: www.independent.co.uk

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