You know what sucks about diet culture? It propagates this idea that people who aren’t thin aren’t actually living. And then that idea promotes the necessary disconnection with your body required to spend hundreds of dollars on fad diets and workout DVDs.
Diet culture is always all like, “Oh, once I lost a million pounds I finally did all this cool shit.” Or, “I couldn’t believe this body was hiding underneath all that fat.”
That’s ridiculous. The body you have now, with all the rolls and dimples and chubby cheeks or whatever, is just as much your body as any body you had in the past or hope to have in the future.
Appreciating the body you have is possible and necessary and healthy no matter your size or weight loss ambitions.
So, whether or not you ever lose “the” weight or the belly or the whatever, consider these tips to start to appreciate the body you have, regardless of what it looks like.
1. Ignore the numbers. The weighing, the measuring, the clothing sizes (which are, by the way, arbitrarily changed to fit retailers’ needs and not a reflection of your actual size). Don’t put so much stock in the non-essential numbers about your body. They’ll change, they don’t tell a complete story and you’ll never be happy if you’re beholden to them. Instead, look for indicators that matter: how much energy you have, how well you sleep and how you look and feel in your clothes.