This is something that popped up in my newsfeed yesterday on Facebook followed by a picture of ice cream.
I think there is a prevalent misunderstanding about losing weight and that it requires extreme self-sacrifice and will power. Yes, you need to actively make some changes (sadly, weight doesn't fly off magically) but by no means is it the torturous process that so many believe.
I love food but even I have to admit my years of being overweight had little to do with my love of food and more to do with emotional eating, closet binging and stress related.
Polishing off entire family size bags of potato chips in one sitting is not normal.
What are some other misconceptions that you often hear?
Another one is when I started this journey and I posted a photo of me eating a burger from In-N-Out when I happened to be in Los Angeles on Facebook. A friend quickly commented, "That doesn't look very healthy."
Just because I'm being more conscious about my food choices and actively exercising doesn't mean I don't indulge now and then in things that I love.
I ate every bite of my burger with no guilt.
Guilt is what lead to my closet binging. Guilt is what made me separate foods into good foods and bad foods. Guilt is what made me order salad even though I wanted something else from the menu when I was with friends. Guilt is what made me feel like a failure so many times when I failed my extreme diet.
I used to be so self-conscious about my food choices in public. I felt like people judged me every time I ordered.
If I ordered a salad, people were thinking "Who is she kidding."
If I ordered dessert, people were thinking "No wonder she's fat."
This is not the way to live. I think we presume people spend their time judging people around them which I'm sure they do but I think most of the time they spend on worrying about themselves.
A few articles that I found helpful and interesting....
Psychology Today: Self-Conscious? Get over it.
Psychology Today: Think You Way Thin
Psychology Today: Living to Eat
Psychology Today: Kicking a Food Addiction