I have to share this message as far and wide as possible.
You are often encouraged to lose weight, sometimes it is directly associated to improving health, other times its a comment from someone in the family, an aesthetic appearance you are told is a better version of your current look...
On other occasions, it isn't something you have been encouraged to do at all.
Yet you have found yourself in this loop.
This loop of dieting and quitting, dieting and quitting and dieting and quitting.
In fact you may be looking over your journey and wish you were back to that first version of yourself, before all the diets began.
This obsession with weight loss is often at the expense of health, happiness and your relationship with yourself, your food and life experiences.
How many meals have been tinged with guilt?
How many times have you second guessed yourself going to an occasion or celebration, from the clothes you chose to the food you ate?
I am here with a sincere Public Service Announcement- YOUR WEIGHT DOESN'T DICTATE YOUR STATE OF HEALTH, HAPPINESS OR FULFILMENT IN LIFE! A QUICKER DROP ON THE SCALES DOESN'T MEAN YOU DROPPED MORE BODY FAT!
I am also here with some sincere advice.
If you chase weight loss, you can easily miss the real target of losing body fat. Weight can fluctuate heavily from one day to the next, but body fat tends to be a slower burner/ gainer, so change the metrics of success, weight is one number, but start using pictures, circumference measurements and how you feel in your clothes!
Losing weight also doesn't necessarily make you healthy. If weight loss is the number one driver of success and you don't check in on how its making you feel, you become stressed out by the journey you are on or you are pulling back calories, trying to out train the "cheat meals" you consumed... Your mental health is being negatively impacted by your weight loss journey, which is a really tough pill to swallow, when you are seemingly in this journey for the "right" reasons. If you are noticing your weight is driving the way you feel, it may be time to get support.
I have seen a lot of people lose a lot of weight, but if they didn't improve their quality of life in the process, from feeling fitter, being able to run around with the kids or not feeling so anxious, annoyed or overwhelmed all the time, then the weight loss achieved didn't equate to happiness and if that is the case, they quickly revert to old ways.
Just whilst we are on the subject on weight, weight and BMI is a really contextual discussion, you can be on the higher end of the BMI scale and still be healthy, if you are broader or hold more lean meals. You may even have perfect biomarkers of health from your blood chemistry through to your resting heart rate and blood pressure, which means BMI may not be your best metric of health! Although from a population level this may be a good thing to review, it isn't the be all and end all of your health.
On the other side of the BMI discussion, review your waist to height ratio, ask for some blood tests to assess your health and get clear with what your Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure should be from an optimal health perspective! This is something we do in our 125 Point Health Check before support any client of ours, the physiology should drive the programming.