Diet Culture

How It Starts

It’s that time of year when the summer is slowly going, the jumpers are coming back and people are thinking about Christmas and what they might be wearing for New Year, and I know it might seem like it is so far away but honestly it’s September now and I have no idea where 2015 has gone, it has gone so quickly.

Diet culture usually starts when the certain time of year comes, so when people want to lose weight when the New Year comes or when summer comes to feel “beach body ready” (fyi you look incredible, you have an amazing body, put a bikini on and you’re beach body ready) and I have to admit, it has to be one of the most annoying things, is that people think a diet is the answer to everything when in reality, healthy living is the important thing.

The Diet Culture Damage

Diet culture can be damaging, honestly, I’ve been around diets from my teenage years, I was always quite big, and I used to walk a lot but not only that I had quite unhealthy habits as it was, I had a lot of processed food, lots of high fat foods and when it would come to the summer holidays I would cut out so many different things for a certain period of time, not working out as such but just making sure that I wasn’t eating the wrong things. At this point I became fixated on making sure that I didn’t overeat or I had things that weren’t exactly healthy but because I believed all of the adverts that I saw on the television, I instantly thought that I was doing the right thing.

Dieting Down Low

Dieting doesn’t actually change your thinking, if anything you follow a plan that is for around a month if not more. Sometimes diets means you cut out certain foods like carbs, or fats, but if you think about it, is this really a healthy way to look at your relationship with food? Food is something that keeps us alive, it gives us energy that our body needs to carry out daily tasks but it also gives us nutrients the nutrients that we need for our day ahead. Never underestimate the power of food, when you’re not eating enough you will know about it, how do you expect to keep your body going?

Why should you feel compelled to go on a diet at a certain point in the year? This is something as a person who has been on many diets in her life, and has lost some weight then put it back on because I would go back to my normal eating habits rather than continuing with the healthy eating and making sure that I have everything in moderation.

You’re More Than A Number

I remember when I first went on a diet, I was obsessed with the numbers, how many calories, the number on my clothes, or where I wanted to be with my clothing sizes, and I think it makes it more difficult when it comes to being healthy, because society will say to you, oh your Body Mass Index is too high which could cause you to be put in a category like, overweight, obese or morbidly obese. Don’t ever  think that your life is determined by how society thinks that you should look like,

Have Balance

I’m not saying what you should or shouldn’t do, what I am saying is have a balance in your life, instead of dieting at a certain point in your year, make healthy choices regularly, drink enough water, have treats in moderation and workout regularly. Skip the diet and just eat healthy.

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4 Comments

  1. 14/09/2015 / 1:51 pm

    I absolutely love this post! You are so so right! I hate this whole diet culture, bikini body ready thing, it gets on my nerves! It is all about your lifestyle and your wellbeing and keeping it healthy that is more important than some diet and if you’re happy in the way that you look, then to hell with bikini ready bodies! Haha! Loved reading this! 🙂

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      14/09/2015 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much for an incredible comment! I’ve seen recently a lot of people saying oh I need to go on a diet, oh I need to do this, oh I need to do that, but honestly it’s all about being happy and healthy in our own bodies! I’d love to get rid of diet culture! <3

  2. Amy
    12/10/2015 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve recently started the Slimming World plan to lose weight for my wedding because I’m really not happy with how I look lately. I have to say I’m loving it. I’m eating more fruit and veg than I had since I moved out of my parents, I’m cooking everything from scratch rather than buying processed stuff, and I’m even managing to include a little treat of an evening guilt free! I won’t deny I’m enjoying the weight loss but I’ve also noticed I have so much more energy now that I’m eating properly and exercising more. It shouldn’t just be weight or the way you look that drives a diet, I think it should also be the actual health benefits that you can’t see.

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      amiecadwallader@outlook.com
      13/10/2015 / 12:13 pm

      When you start seeing and feeling the results you feel amazing. I was the same, I hated how I looked but taking action was one of the best things I’ve done, I’m finally get ting there, but I totally get what you mean darling! <3

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