Learning to be comfortable in your own skin can be a daunting task. From a young age, women are shown that beauty is only attainable through being thin. From constantly receiving this message, women often resort to taking on numerous diets for short periods of time to get the ‘ideal’ body they see around them. These diets tend to be too rigorous and lead to rapid weight loss, and while this may be effective in the short term, it is more detrimental in the long run.
When you take on fad diets time after time, weight fluctuates dramatically, taking a huge toll on your mental, emotional and physical state. The constant dieting creates the mentality that your body is never good enough and that you consistently have to work toward that one goal of attaining the ‘perfect’ body. The truth, however, is that there is no such thing as a perfect body and no amount of dieting will get you at a point of feeling perfect.
Consistent dieting creates a consistent mentality of imperfection. Regardless of what goals are attained, none of them will feel good enough and there will always be a train of doubt running through your mind. Instead of looking for the next best diet and trying to reach a particular weight or dress size, strive to be healthy.
Living diet-free is learning to take on a lifestyle focused on becoming healthy overall — physically, mentally and emotionally. Rather than saying you have to run to burn 600 calories at the gym, say you need to go for a run because it is a great stress relief and makes you feel good. Instead of counting how many calories you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, count on eating whole, clean foods that add pure nutrition to your body.
You can do the following to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
- Drink more water
- Sleep to rejuvenate
- Meditate for reflection
- Exercise for health, not weight-loss
- Eat the foods you enjoy most, just moderate the amount
- Love yourself for the good and the bad
- Live purposefully and work toward life goals
- Consume raw and fresh, not processed and old
- Hang out with healthy individuals
- Work toward happiness
Driving your attention to mindful living instead of dieting helps create an effective and healthy lifestyle that will help you achieve the best version of yourself for years to come, not just for a few weeks.