We are living in world where we are not happy with our bodies. It is estimated that 116 million adults are dieting at any given time or about 55% of the population. 10-15% of Americans are suffering from an eating disorder. And our obsession with how look is making the Weight Loss Industry billions! Over 60 billion in 2010 alone. That is quite a lot of money to spend on an industry we know fails us time and time again. Yet we spend more on healthcare, over 1 trillion in a year! All this money down the toilet, because we can’t take the time to just change our lifestyles, we are constantly searching for the quick fix to get us to our goal: the ideal body.
But we all know, deep down, that there is no quick fix. For anything in life. It takes WORK. And when you can accept that your comfort with your own body takes time and effort you can begin to change your lifestyle.
So first you have to realize that the weight loss industry is all crap. Everyone is trying to sell you something and you don’t need to be sold anything to change your body.
Secondly, you need to do some research into your body. What are you allergic to? What does your body like? Are you eating the correct foods for your body? Are you in the correct alignment? Do you have high blood pressure? Where do you carry your stress and tension?
Once you know the answers you can start changing how you think. Daily you should be asking yourself questions to keep your body in optimal health. For example:
Am I moving enough throughout the day? We should all be getting up from our desks and taking breaks to move around at least once an hour!
Did I drink enough water? Around 2 liters a day is optimal.
Am I hungry? We “forget” to eat and then get really hungry and stuff way too much food into our digestive systems all at once. Small meals throughout the day is best for every body!
Am I in postural alignment? Check your posture as you sit, stand, walk, drive etc.
Thirdly, you need to start cooking for yourself and/or become a Sally (When Harry Met Sally) and start asking questions about your food when you are out and ordering to your own specifications. It is important to know where your food comes from!
Fourthly, you need to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror. Ignore the pictures of what you see in the magazines and focus on YOUR body. MOST of us will never be 5’11” and 110 pounds. And that is ok, because according to Cameron Russell, being a model isn’t all that great anyways, as they are more insecure than any of us. Some of us were born with a larger pelvis, or smaller femurs or wider shoulders. And this is what makes each and every one of us unique. So you need to accept that your body was made the way it was made and only surgery can every change that.
And whether you avoid surgery or not, we all need a little help in accepting the body how it is structured. So start accepting your own body and understand that your best self is a healthy self. Healthy means that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to survive in this world and your muscles are getting the work they need to not atrophy. And your best self includes how you think and how you feel so you have to love yourself and praise yourself for positive achievements. Even if you do fewer reps than you wanted to or held a posture for less time than you wanted to; give yourself a break and acknowledge the work you did do. And then something amazing happens: when you start to think positively and make reachable and realistic goals for yourself, you WILL BE comfortable with your own body!