Spring is here. That means that weight loss season is here again.
They know that dieting isn’t trendy anymore so they won’t be dieting or weight loss ads. No, they’ll be called health challenges or fitness challenges, maybe a Post Pandemic Reboot.
A diet by any other name is still a diet. What makes something a diet? Intentional weight loss. Restriction (even if that’s called moderation or sensible portions or just eating clean). It is intentional weight loss that has the dismal stats.
And I get it. You want to DO SOMETHING towards improving your health (that’s if health is something you value. It may not be and that doesn’t de-value your worth in any way). Lucky for you I have compiled a list of ways that you can work on your health without falling victim to yet another gain-lose-gain weight cycle.
10 ways to work in your health without intentional weight loss:
- Sleep: improve glucose regulation and mood regulation
- Mindfulness: improve mental health and reduce cortisol levels
- Movement: reduce your cardiovascular risk
- Debt counselling: reduce stress and improve relationships
- Counseling: develop emotional intelligence
- Self-compassion: increase motivation, self-worth and resilience
- Join a group of like minded people: develop a sense of belonging
- Social Media cleanse/Unfollow challenge: reduce your intake of not-enoughness
- Values work: spiritual health
- Laugh: improve sleep, improved stress response
Bottom line: If you’re feeling ‘meh’ there are so many things that you can be DOING to support your health that don’t involve restricting foods that you enjoy or trying to shrink your body.
Learn more about Living Life As A Rebel here. It’s how you can hold onto your anti-diet values AND work towards some specific health goals.