When I ask women why they want to lose weight, they almost always tell me…
“because I want to feel better in my body.”
which is such a funny answer to me, because I know that how we feel in our body has nothing to do with our weight…I feel a million times better in my body today than I ever did at my lowest weight, and I’m at least 30lbs heavier now than I was then.
Here’s a little story to make my point even clearer:
There are two woman, who both weigh 160lbs.
One woman recently lost 50lbs, she’s down from 210lbs; the other, recently gained 20lbs, she’s up from 140lbs.
They are the exact same size today.
But one feels thin, sexy and beautiful as she compares herself to her former self, and the other feels fat and unattractive.
Anyone who saw them both today would say they look exactly alike, although in their own minds, they feel completely opposite.
What does this tell us about “feeling fat” vs. “feeling thin?” Well, for starters, anyone can “feel fat” or “feel thin” at any size.
Your weight does not determine your body image;
your weight does not determine whether or not you “feel good in your body,”
your weight does not determine how sexy you get to feel,
your weight is actually irrelevant.
It’s your perception of your weight that dictates how you feel about yourself. Not your weight itself.
If two women can look identical, and feel completely different about themselves, that means, the “problem” of feeling badly about yourself is in your mind — not on your ass. (Tweet it).
This may seem obvious, but over and over again I hear women say that they “need” to lose weight in order to feel good about themselves.
And that’s just fucking bullshit.
What if the answer to feeling badly about yourself wasn’t losing 10lbs; what if the answer to feeling badly about yourself was a shift in perception?
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