Body Image Traps Not to Fall Into
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. There’s a huge difference in plus-size and healthy size. Accept how you look like and love yourself. There are ways to keep you healthy and there’s no such thing as diet (doctors say). It’s all about eating healthy and equally from all the food groups, then there’s exercise. That. Is. All.
It’s going to be a long read – but it’s going to be a healthy read.
Trap 1: “If my waist was a little slimmer, I’d be happy”
The typical and classic comparison trap is the one us girls usually fall into. You might admire Barbie’s waist (which is unachievable) and (for boys) enviable abs of Beckham, thinking it’s harmless but in it’s not helping. You’ll look at the others girls and automatically compare their nose with your, height, lips even the air of elegance surrounding them with your clumsiness (no offense). The habit of placing your happiness eggs in a comparison basket will begin to stress you out. Put away all these negative thoughts. Be optimistic. Admire YOURSELF (not too much as there’s a very thin line between being self-obsessed and being happy about yourself). Love what you have as your best feature. Be thankful for it. But if it’s really bothering you then try wearing what’s best for you body. Wear black, vertical stripes and heels to give an illusion of slimness.
Trap 2: “It’s “eat salad only” week.”
There’s no diet which will make you Miranda Kerr in a week. No diet says “eat cucumbers only”. Water and Salads all day don’t make a diet. Balanced Diet means intake of Proteins, Carbs, Fiber, Water, Vitamins, Calcium, and all nutrients in proper measure every day. You require on average 2000 calories to “Survive” everyday. It’s not like eating more than 2K is a disorder. Don’t copy other people’s diet; get your diet chart done. Everyone has a different body and metabolism and don’t, for God sake, start taking slimming juices. They are poison.
Trap 3: “I must not exceed size xx.”
Confining yourself to stick rules and “should” and “must” would be putting you in pressure. “I must stay away from carbohydrates” may not sound nuts, but let me tell you, it’s a foolish promise to yourself. This feeling can lead to obsessive behavior and leave a sense of failure and stress whenever you fail to achieve your “must rule”. How to help it; take a deep breath; consider what your strict attitude has achieved so far? If you are eliminating an entire food group from your diet, don’t you think it’s unbalanced?
Trap 4: “I’ll skip lunch as I’m having a big dinner OR I’ve been on my healthy diet all day so I’ll spoil myself with a dessert.”
If your mentally changes from wanting to be healthy and eating to keep fit to only weight loss weight, this need to attitude needs to be changed immediately.
You are overly restricting yourself that’s why you find yourself obsessing about scrumptious desserts all the time.
You are forgetting that lunch and dinner are important. It’s okay to take charge and fill up on fresh fruits and vegs after stuffing yourself with unhealthy and oily food on Christmas, Eid, and other festivals.
If your skipping lunch or restricting your food because you’ll be eating something big later, most of the times you’ll end up eating way more than you normally would because you are extra hungry from the missed meal. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and it’s true! Breakfast is what starts your metabolism and gets your body ready for the day. People who have breakfast every morning tend to be healthier and weigh on average 5 pounds less than people who skip breakfast. Eating is good- never forget that.
Trap 5: “I had lasagna last night that’s why I’m heavier now.”
If you are obsessive about measuring your weight, I’d recommend you a novel “Lifeline” by John Francome. This novel is like a guide for weight-monitors. You gain can a pond or two overnight after eating salty meal. Weight fluctuations are more about hydration than food and please, reality check, you can’t just gain 5 pounds overnight. Celebs dehydrate themselves before going on a shoot or red carpet event, just because we appear heavier on camera, drinking less water will make you appear thinner. And let me ask you a question… what part of dehydrating yourself sounds healthy to you?
Remember that it’s important to eat a balanced diet and exercise, even when you’re young. Excersize can be as simple as going outside and playing or talking your dog for a walk. You can’t just snap your fingers and lose weight (if you need to for health reasons). Those celebs and models you see who have thin bodies, aren’t the norm and they have to work hard at looking the way they do, which a lot of the times is unhealthy.
Check out this video of REAL women working out- it’s pretty awesome!