You’re More Than Your Weight
Dieting sucks. Food is delicious.
I turn 34 years old next month and in less than 1 minute I can list 14 different weight loss plans that I’ve paid for and tried. That number creeps higher if you factor in the times I’ve dieted on my own. Over half of my life trying to get to and stay within a certain range on the scale.
There’s a heaviness that I feel whenever I stop to think about the fact that I’ve been dieting on and off for almost 20 years. In 20 years I could have learned a new language, wrote a book, got a degree in psychiatry — anything! Instead, I’ve spent 20 years consumed on and off with fad diets and searching for quick fixes.
According to a study, the average person will try 126 different diets during their lifetime. For some people, that’s a lifetime stuck in a vicious cycle of restricting and binging. Years of feeling guilty for eating the wrong things or skipping the gym. Years of seeing exercise as a punishment for not eating clean enough. Years of telling yourself that you need to eat the whole box of desserts so it will be out of the house and you can start your diet on Monday. Then Monday turns into next week and weeks turn into months. Before you know it, you’re in your mid-thirties weighted down by your obsession with weight.
I know because I’ve gone to doctors and taken weight loss pills. I’ve tried meal and fitness plans from Instagram influencers. I’ve counted macros. I’ve eaten 500 calorie diets, low carb, keto, and gluten-free. I’ve joined the gym over and over again. I’ve questioned why my willpower seems to suck. I’ve countered calories and read books on nutrition. I’ve taken measurements, taken progress photos, and tracked my weight.
And you know what? None of it sticks. Every time the weight creeps back because there’s no quick fix. Sure, eating cabbage soup for a week may cause you to shed some pounds, but are you going to eat cabbage soup for the rest of your life? Hopefully not.
There’s more to life than scales, diets, and weight fluctuations. You’re more than your weight. Don’t let your identity be rooted in your weight — you deserve more.