"Pursue your goals, but never lose sight of the reality of things." -Amy Suto
So I really missed the boat on “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” because now it’s Friday and all the other blogs beat me to the punch.
I’d like to say one thing, really.
You’re all beautiful, and I love each and every one of you in a non-creepy “let’s group hug it out!” kind of way, and none of you should ever, ever, EVER let anyone tell you that you’re not amazing and perfect and beautiful.
I think you guys should never turn to eating disorders as an answer. Never.
I know it’s easy to shrug this off. Compliments never stick like insults do. But you know what? You can change that. You can tell people that this is who you are. This is your body, your life, your personality, and they can take you or leave you.
And if they leave you, they were never worth your time in the first place.
If you need to talk, send me a message. If you need to talk beyond the character limits of Tumblr, go email me. Even if you end up running out of things to say so you instead just start to list your favorite vegetables in reverse alphabetical order, just do it.
I’m always here for you beautiful, strong, amazing, wonderful people, and I want you to know that.
I’m like your own personal cheerleader. Like this chick!
I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people asking whether or not diets like the “Lemonade Diet/Master Cleanse” are a good idea.
Is swimming in a tank of Great White Sharks with no protective gear whilst holding a bloody piece of meat a good idea?
WHY DIETS DON’T WORK
What the diets tell you: “Hey! Lose like 20 pounds in one week by only drinking lemonade! Just starve to rid your body of toxins and lose fat just like Beyonce!”
What the experts say:
“Lean muscle and fluids are the first to go on starvation diets, not belly fat,” Johnson says. “And the problem is that when you lose muscle mass, you turn down your metabolism, so it is counterproductive when you return to normal eating because you will need fewer calories.”
“Whenever you follow an extremely restrictive diet plan, it is usually followed by an extreme binge,” Johnson says.
Her advice: Forget fasting and detoxing. She says there is nothing magical about these kinds of plans, they don’t work long-term, and they ultimately perpetuate an unhealthy relationship with food.
When a special occasion calls for slimming down quickly, get more aerobic exercise and trim calories with a healthy, well-balanced diet plan. Quick weight loss doesn’t last. In most cases, the lost weight returns along with a few added pounds.
If you choose to follow this plan, be sure to only do it for a few days — and consult your doctor beforehand.
You wouldn’t voluntarily do something you know is wrong, yet so many people think that these tempting diets are the right answer to lose weight. For some people, their unhealthy relationship with food leads to eating disorders and weight-related self-esteem issues.
Spread the word! Reblog this. We can promote healthy habits and stop people from swimming with sharks. That’s just silly.