I’ve spent a decade now as a Nutritionist helping women lose weight by changing their relationship with food and rewiring their habits.
Because weight loss is such a massive industry these days it means we’re constantly bombarded with conflicting and confusing information about it from individuals and companies driven solely by their own financial interests.
So, recently I sat down and asked myself a simple question:
Based on my experience of working with hundreds of women on this, “What’s actually TRUE?”
Here’s what I came up with…
1. This is really hard.
2. It’s messy and non-linear and there’s no finish line.
3. Food manufacturers and marketers are not on your side.
4. Your brain chemistry is not on your side.
5. Why you want this matters a lot.
6. In order to stop using food for feelings, you’ll have to actually feel the feelings.
7. You can’t game the system; it’s just going to be hard.
8. You’ll need to become a different person.
9. You might need to make new friends.
10. You’ll benefit enormously from routines, rituals and boundaries.
11. You’ll need to learn to enjoy better food.
12. It’ll be way easier if you learn to enjoy cooking. Yes, you can learn to enjoy cooking.
13. You have to try to move your body every day.
14. You may never get to the exact weight you want to get to.
15. You need to be okay with that.
16. You must relearn how to speak your body’s language.
17. You must learn to trust your body again.
18. In many ways it’ll get harder as you get older. It just will.
19. You can do hard things.
20. There are no magic beans.
21. Bread is a processed food. Yes, all bread.
22. Trauma stays in your body and will affect your ability to lose weight; get the help you need.
23. You might not actually want to lose the weight.
24. You’ll probably always feel like you’re failing at this.
25. Sugar is addictive.
26. You’re probably not eating enough fiber.
27. Being drained and exhausted all the time will make this almost impossible
28. Rest is as important as diet and exercise.
29. Other adults can cook for themselves; you don’t have to do it for them.
30. You doing this will feel threatening to some people.
31. Lots of the time, you won’t want to do this.
32. Your body is freaking miraculous; try to think about that at least once every day.
33. The meaner you are to yourself as you lose the weight, the harder it will be to keep off.
34. You cannot hate your body into changing.