As a woman in today’s culture, it’s easy to become wrapped up in weight loss obsessions, and I’ve experienced this firsthand. As someone who writes about health, weight loss, fitness, and dieting, I can promise you that without knowing how to let go of the weight loss obsession I used to have, there’s no way I’d be able to write about these topics in a healthy, balanced way now. For years, dieting ruled my life. I literally had no time for anything because I was consumed with working out, obsessing over my meals, and spending hours a day in the kitchen, trying to fix the perfect foods. I had no energy at work, felt depressed all the time, and yet I couldn’t seem to let go of the obsession weight loss had on me. I’d like to share with you some tips for how to let go of any weight loss obsessions you might have. I know these might not work for everyone, but they did work wonders for me and hopefully they can do the same for you.
First and foremost, when learning how to lose the weight loss obsessions you have, be honest with yourself. Do you really need to lose weight? If you do, then look at your lifestyle. Do you go on diets every week and then cheat so you can start all over again? Do you look for quick solutions to weight loss instead of doing the long term, hard work? Just like paying bills, eating healthy isn’t exciting, but it does make you feel amazing, gives you health and vitality, and allows you to live balanced without having to worry about your weight so much. Junk food can never give you that. If you really don’t need to lose weight but can’t seem to let go of the obsession, you also need to get real with yourself. What about losing weight seems to make you think you’ll be happier? Is it the control issue? If so, remember that yes, you can control your weight, but doing so doesn’t give you life and vitality. Being an optimal weight, which is the set point your body maintains naturally through a balanced diet and moderate exercise, is the absolute best place to be. Find that place and get real about where your weight is right now.
If you’re stressed about your weight loss, it’s important to get enough activity each day for a few reasons. First, for me, when trying to gain weight when I was underweight, not exercising only made me more stressed and feel more anxious to work out. So, I moved every day but just reduced my exercise. Thirty minutes of movement a day is a great way to still be active, but not burn too many calories. It also helps take away stress you might have from not exercising. If you need to lose weight, it’s even more important. It gives you a sense of control, and when you exercise each day, it naturally makes you want to get healthier, not just lose weight. Moving your body also helps balance out your brain chemistry, which can help reduce stress that leads to obsession and imbalance.
If you’re always obsessed with weight loss, think about what triggers you. Is it certain magazines, website, images of girls? Whatever it is, get rid of what you can. For awhile, for me, it was health and fitness magazines. They constantly made me think about losing weight more, when I knew I already knew how to lose weight without those magazines. They made me focus more and more on losing weight when I didn’t really need to. Now, I can read them again and not suffer any triggers, but this took a great deal of time. If you need to get rid of certain triggers in your life, feel free to do so. You need to take care of your mental health, as much as your physical health.
Sometimes, when we lack things in our life that we’re passionate about, it’s easy to obsess over other things, like dieting. I found getting a hobby, writing, was something I was passionate enough about to dedicate my time to, and take my mind off dieting. In the meantime, I ended up feeding a passion I’ve had since childhood, turning it into a career, and learning to focus on what really matters in life instead of losing weight around the clock.
You know what else can help you reduce your obsession with weight loss? Talking with someone. Talk to whomever you need to about your weight loss obsession. Doing so can help you get a grip, and also help you “confess” your issues to another person. They might have some insight for you and most likely, just by talking to them, you’ll see how unimportant your obsessions are.
One of the things I love about being a writer and blogger is the sense of supportive communities online for maintaining a healthy body image. There are just as many supportive sights for recovering from weight loss obsessions as there are dieting sites and weight loss sites. You can find many supportive articles on All Women Stalk, and many blogs out there. This is one reason I started blogging primarily about health and wellness, both through this website and my own, The Soulful Spoon. It’s important to find supportive places to lose your obsession on losing weight. Doing so can help you gain support from other people, which is critical to getting yourself out of your mind’s obsessions.
Sometimes, I find it helps to think about the grand scheme of things when learning to let go of weight loss obsessions. For instance, in the big picture, does it matter if I weigh less than what I do today, or that I’m a certain number on a scale on a certain day of the year? The answer is no. As long as I know I’m taking care of my body, feeding it what it needs, and moving it each day, I’m able to deal with everything else. In the big picture, that’s all that matters, number aside.
If you’re struggling with weight loss obsessions, free yourself from the madness and let go. Try the steps above and put them into active practice. You can always find many resources here on All Women Stalk for a healthy body, as well as on my blog, where I have resources listed. If you struggle with weight loss obsessions, what do you struggle with the most in letting go?
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