Right as bikini season rolls around, and everyone is drinking detox waters to lose weight, I’m here to give you 5 reasons to NOT lose weight, and do something better instead.
You’re trying to be “healthy”
Diet promoting companies and other products will try to sell you the idea that by losing weight, you’ll be in the greatest shape of your life, and your health will be great, which is not always the case. Weight does not always indicate health. You could be considered “overweight” by the BMI scale, but have great health.
I once stood at 5ft 3 in and weighed 145 lbs, but wore a size 3-5, and my overall health was great, while the BMI scale said I was overweight. At a different point, I also weighed 122 lbs, and I felt miserable. My body was always tired, and weak.
Health should be defined by how well your body is performing at doing all of the activities it does on a daily basis, like blood pumping, mental efficiency, and strength.
Here’s things you should consider for your health rather than your weight:
- Not smoking/drinking
- You exercise regularly
- Stress management
- Generally don’t have a completely unhealthy diet (lots of fruits, veggies, proteins)
While weight can affect your health, THERE IS NO MAGIC NUMBER that you should be aiming for.
So if you’re trying to lose weight to be “healthy”, you need to reevaluate how you think about this.
You don’t understand fat vs. muscle
You want to look thinner, and you’ll get that just by losing weight, right? Not quite.
Have you heard about the mom who only lost TWO POUNDS, but dropped SIX dress sizes? Oh yes, it happened.
I recently saw an Instagram post on my explore feed, where a model weighed 155 lbs, stood at 5ft 1-2 inches, and wore a SIZE TWO. She was getting a lot of hate in the comments too, because no one believed that was her true size.
“I weight 130 and wear a size 8 you can’t be telling the truth”…
Well it’s very possible. Through muscle.
Muscle takes up a lot less space than fat does. Muscle also burns fat for you, and helps support your skeletal system, and also makes you stronger. Losing weight in general could be in fat and/or muscle, and muscle is something you do not want to lose.
The correct goal should be for you to be trying to lose fat, because that’s what’s hurting your health. If you’re gaining muscle, you might notice the scale go up for a little bit. And if you don’t know about muscle versus fat, you could become discouraged from a path that wasn’t hurting you at all.
Starting to see why it’s not all about weight?
You want to lose 10 lbs in 10 days
There’s nothing I dislike more than the diets, programs, and businesses that promise you’ll lose A LOT of weight in a little bit of time. Why? Because there’s more to it than just dropping those high number of pounds in such a short amount of time.
It’d be better if they sold you a “lifestyle change you can maintain that will help you lose fat, and improve health at your own pace, making you feel better”, but I mean, who would buy that? (PS I would)
Here are some things that go into this that I need you to consider:
-These programs don’t tell you that NOT EVERYONE will lose those 10 pounds in 10 days. They don’t tell you that someone who weighs 400 lbs will lose it much more quickly and easily than someone who weighs 130 lbs. Because your body burns calories differently, and will react to the same diet/program differently.
-These programs also might involve supplements, or consuming way too little calories that you need in order for you body to get the nutrition it needs. You could potentially starve yourself, and that does more harm than good for your body.
Toughest trainer Jillian Michaels gave us a smart point about what could be called “losing weight too fast”. If you’re losing weight in a smart, HEALTHY way, that you can maintain as a lifestyle, you might lose weight quite quickly, and that’s normal. This makes sense.
Here’s some medically based articles that will give you more in depth on why you shouldn’t try to lose dramatic amounts of weight, unless it in a healthy, and smart way that you can maintain as a lifestyle, and not a temporary fad diet.
I also want to add that being one of those people who loses weight and gains it right back, and fluctuates this way is also not healthy. Following a strict diet plan and exercising like crazy for two weeks, and then going right back to your “junk food” everyday diet isn’t doing your body any good, even if you lose the weight you want, whenever you want.
It will solve all your problems
Losing weight will not solve all your problems. All it will do is literally make you lighter.
Some people lose the 20 pounds, and feel great, and that’s wonderful! Some people find new confidence, and that is great too. But if you think your life will be complete by losing those last few pounds, or if you looked like the model with 10,000 Instagram followers, you may need to re-think your goals. There isn’t anything wrong with wanting to lose weight, but sometimes, it consumes people. And it’s all you worry and think about. You chase it for years, trying to chase happiness, but that’s not always the case.
It’d be better to want to lose weight to improve health, and to generally be happier, not to find happiness.
You want to look like someone else
If you’re trying to lose weight to look like the Kardashians, you should stop. Trying to look like a celebrity is like mission impossible for many reasons:
- They have people who do the work for them in terms of what they should eat
- They have the tools necessary to “make” their body look the way it does
- It’s their job to look that good. That’s what they work on all day long.
Not to mention the idea of body shapes. You could weight exactly as much as Kylie Jenner, and still look nothing like her. You might think that losing __ lbs will give you the hourglass figure. Ehhh, not always.
You shouldn’t be trying to lose weight to look like anyone else, but to only be the best version of yourself, whatever that may be.
If you’re trying to improve your overall health, that’s what really matters. The sooner you stop being afraid of the number on the scale, and you focus on improving your strength, performance, and lifestyle, that’s the real goal.
Don’t lose 10 lbs because you’ll find happiness and look like Beyonce, but lose it because it will improve the way you feel. And sometimes, you’ll improve your health by gaining weight like the mom I mentioned before. Every body works differently, and the best path for you is not the best path for everyone.