This week on How to Love Your Body we will be discussing the #1 fear and concern on this journey - fear of weight gain and wanting to lose weight.
Don’t forget to grab your worksheet - you can get it at thebodylovesociety.com/77
We have done some polling lately on the one thing holding you back from fulling embarking on your UnDieting journey and 100% of people said they are afraid of gaining weight or they still want to lose weight
AND we get it…
In this work we’re supposed to “not care at all” about weight anymore, but it just isn’t that simple, we still live in a world that cares about weight and after focusing on weight loss for so many years it can feel scary to stop FOCUSING ON IT.
And here’s what we’re really talking about when we talk about weight in Intuitive Eating and UnDieting, it’s about redirecting your FOCUS away from the way your body looks and towards the way your body feels.
In this episode we will go over WHY we don’t focus on weight loss, the effects of focusing on weight loss, and what you can do instead to find a sustainable life of wellness without the obsession.
The reason we encourage people to let go of the focus on weight is because you technically cannot be PURSUING weight loss and be intuitive and those who follow our work are aiming to become intuitive eaters.
The reason this is, is because when you PURSUE weight loss you will second guess your body’s signals, do I REALLY need that cookie? And soon enough you are restricting and the cycle starts all over again.
But here’s the thing - letting go of the focus on weight loss doesn’t dictate what will happen with your body - it doesn’t mean weight loss will never happen and it doesnt mean it will happen. When you listen to your body there are 3 options, you may lose weight, gain weight, or stay the same, but the one guarantee is that you will find wellness, can prioritize feeling good and can be active, nourished and living an enjoyable and sustainable lifestyle.
Let’s look at the focus on weight loss a little more closely.
When you were focused on weight loss for all those years, did it work? DId you lose weight and keep it off?
We did a poll on our instagram asking you about this and 85% of you said no.
So what about the other 15%? Dieting worked for them? Why?? That’s not fair…
It didn’t - we asked this group of people what it takes to maintain that weight loss and every answer included the words: obsession, exhausted etc…
So what results did focusing on weight loss give you?
That is something to reflect on, the good and the bad…. You can do this on this week’s worksheet at thebodylovesociety.com/77
Some things that the focus of weight loss may have given you -- food preoccupation, binge eating, body obsession….
So what can I do instead if I stop focusing/ pursuing weight loss?
Honor your body and take amazing care of it without it being about weight all the dang time!
Wellness without the obsession!
Focusing on feeling good in your body - that might mean moving your body, eating a wide variety of foods, listening to your body (this is also different from listening to your tastebuds, a topic for another episode) , saying yes to food when it sounds good, saying no to food when you dont feel like, really being your own boss when it comes to your wellness.
We realize this may mean you’re not in the smallest body you’ve ever been in, but it can lead you to a place of physical and mental stability, no more cycling, yo yoing weight or the constant starting over.
So what do you want?
To cycle through the weight focus mess again and again and again or to find freedom, find balanced and enjoyable wellness and have it last a lifetime?
It really is time to decide.
So to dive deeper into this be sure to grab your worksheet at thebodylovesociety.com/77 and of course add yourself to The UnDiet Academy waitlist if you think you might be ready next month to really make this change in your life!
Doors open November 12th!
Love, Lauren and Jenna