Fit Bottomed Reset Day 3: Get Fired Up
Hey, hey! Welcome to Day 3 of the Fit Bottomed Reset!
A quick note before we begin today: A big, heartfelt THANK YOU for making it to day three of the Fit Bottomed Reset. You’re making a choice to see things differently (different can be scary but you’re rocking it like a boss!) and you’re taking the time to take care of you. And for that we couldn’t be more grateful.
Now let’s get on with the show …
If you’ve been on our website at all, you know we’re not down with dieting or any form of deprivation or restriction (aside from food intolerances and allergies, of course).
So, why is that exactly? Why are our collective panties in such a damn ruffle over diet culture?
Is it because diets mess with your metabolism?
Is it because dieting usually cuts out a whole food group (or two) and leaves your body without enough nutrition and energy to feel great?
How about the fact that dieting is actually called “weight cycling” and has been associated with all kinds of negative health outcomes?
Or that mainstream media and society puts all kinds of crazy pressure on us to look a certain way that’s totally unrealistic and dieting is seen as a totally normal — even hip and trendy — way to do it?
YES to all of that.
But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg on why we have such a strong stance (and mission) against dieting. Because while all of the above is true and terrible, it’s what restriction does to your confidence that really ticks us off.
Because, even though dieting works for NO ONE in the long term and we all know this (otherwise, there wouldn’t be a multi-billion dollar dieting industry out there, which keeps selling to us over and over again), when the average woman fails at a diet or a new “healthy eating plan,” she doesn’t think: “Oh, man, THIS DIET SUCKS.”
Nope. She thinks: I suck.
And she internalizes those feelings over and over again, every time she diets — and every time she diets, not only do the stakes get higher (“I’m really going to do it this time!”) …
But the fall is that much harder as well (“What is wrong with me? I can’t do anything right.”)
Because everyone around us is doing the same thing, no one even realizes that they’re putting the blame and shame on themselves … when really, it’s dieting and restriction that doesn’t work. FOR ANYONE.
We’re just making the same socially accepted just misguided decision time and time again.
You’re not weak, and you’re not a failure … you’ve just put your faith in the wrong place because that’s what everyone else was doing and that was the only option you thought you had.
Many of us start this cycle as teenagers or even kids. So is it any wonder that by the time we reach adulthood, we feel as if we’re somehow broken and stuck? Like we have no way out of this on-again, off-again restriction roller coaster?
We’ve said this time and time again, but it bears repeating: you weren’t put on this planet to obsessively worry about your weight or how many calories you’ve eaten. You’re more than that.
What’s more, it’s time that you took your power back. Because, ladies, y’all have better things to do with your time and energy.
And, that, our friends, is why we hate diet culture.
What’s up tomorrow? The juicy deets on how you can be dieting and not even realize it. Seriously! Move on to day 4 below.
Go to Day 4 of the Fit Bottomed Reset here.
What’s been your experience with dieting and restriction? Can you make a vow — today — to never do it again? Leave it in the comments.