There’s tonnes of information on Facebook around healthy eating, weight loss, dieting and fitness. Groups with hundreds of thousands of people wanting to know the ‘secret’ to losing weight. Pages of companies selling pyramid scheme products without any real knowledge of health or nutritional medicine. Advertisements for weight loss teas and wraps that will dissolve your cellulite. It’s overwhelming, and it’s kinda scary. What do you pay attention to? Who do you follow and which groups are the best? How do you know whether what you’re reading is true or not?
You probably already know that I’m not a big fan of the dieting industry. And anything that invokes guilt, or shame, or blame, or body-hate is a BIG no-no in my books. I’m a part of a few weight loss groups, out of interest as to what they are sharing and talking about in there. And in one of the groups I’m a part of, which is mostly full of young girls, I scrolled across this image:
.. and it broke my heart.
I spend every hour of my working days, every single week, helping women understand why they can’t lose weight, and why it’s not their fault. Sure, if you’re living on drive-thru meals and bottles of Coke, then you can definitely blame diet. But my clients aren’t doing that. They’re doing the very best they can, and STILL can’t lose weight long-term. They’ve tried strict diets and meal-replacement shakes and pills, and nothing has changed. And they come to me for a different perspective – an alternative approach – and sometimes as a last resort.
I work with women who have undetected thyroid issues, and once corrected – their weight loss is so much simpler.
I work with women who feel out of control with their food cravings – and once corrected, it’s so much easier for them to stay consistent with their healthy lifestyle.
I work with women who have iron levels so low, I wonder how they get out of bed each morning (let alone exercise for an hour a day and spend 2 hours on meal prep).
I help women overcome insulin resistance and heal their metabolism after years of yo-yo dieting.
I use clinical testing to identify food intolerances – because yes, gluten and other intolerances can cause weight gain and fluid retention.
I teach women what to eat at each meal and throughout the day, so that their bodies are not in ‘starvation mode’ and they are able to lose weight without the dreaded rebound weight gain.
And I help women understand their bodies, and reconnect with their bodies, so that they can make lasting changes to lead to long-term weight loss and better health.
So please. don’t feel guilty if you’re struggling to lose that excess weight.
Please, don’t call yourself an asshole.
Please, don’t blame yourself if you’re doing your best.
And please, don’t believe everything you read on Facebook and other social media. There are a lot of people out there who don’t understand what you’re going through, and are ready to make you feel bad for where you are right now. I’ve been where you are, and I wasn’t eating like an asshole – I just didn’t know all the things I know now. I didn’t know what was going on with my body, and I didn’t know why I felt the way I felt.
And that’s why I share it all with you – so you can come out of the ‘not knowing’ and step into a world where health is easy, and simple, and blame-free.
P.S. If you’d like to know more about how I help women do all of the above (without guilt, or shame, or blame), click here to learn more about how you can work with me.