SEXY SELLS. Tan skin, thin bodies, shiny hair, big smiles.
Even if you’re not in marketing, you know this to be true.
“In 21 days, your body will be transformed!”
“With three shakes a day, you’ll see dramatic results!”
If it’s not going to get you concrete, visual results in a finite and short amount of time, we don’t want to do it. That’s human nature, I suppose. We want the direct route. The quick fix. The guarantee that if we put the work in, we’ll get the desired outcome.
First, let me debunk that in terms of dieting. We’re told if we follow the diet or exercise program, we’ll look like the before and after photo successes on the ads. We’ll also be smiling and successful in our lives; but we tend to ignore the fine print on those ads: Results not typical.
There’s a famous statistic that says 95% of diets fail, and most gain the weight back (and then some) in 1-5 years. Those “after” photos are taken right after the program is completed. They don’t show the full picture of what actually happens years after. The struggle to maintain the results. The mental and physical drain on that person. The fear and anxiety of what people will think if they don’t keep that appear up, the appearance that definitely got them a lot of praise.
Is that really how you want to live your life? With anxiety that you have to “keep up appearances”? The pressure to do so? The mental and physical exhaustion just to make yourself seem a certain way in other people’s eyes?
And we haven’t even touched upon the idea that thin doesn’t equal healthy. Just because you’re thin from a diet, doesn’t mean you’re healthier.
The harsh reality is what’s quick and sexy isn’t typically what’s most healthful to you in the long run. From my experience, intuitive eating isn’t quick or sexy in terms of what it promises you, and it cannot guarantee a conventionally sexy body; but it IS the best thing you can do for authentic health, body-mind-spirit.
Instead of promising anything, this is what intuitive eating promotes:
I suggest journaling your “why” for wanting to lose weight. If it’s health reasons, I would challenge that reason with the following questions:
❓What is your definition of health?
❓Is there another way to heal your ailments without focusing on the weight itself?
❓What about focusing on your RELATIONSHIP with food and your body instead?