The Weight Loss Lie.
Posted on Jan 10, 2018 by Jenna Crookshanks
I’m thinking that roughly 100% of people saw the title to this and can relate to the words "weight loss" in some way. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who hasn’t worried about their weight, body shape, extra love handles, etc. I myself have battled my weight for years. In fact, my weight is what drove me to explore a healthier lifestyle, not my digestive issues, not my PCOS, not my low energy, and not my acne. Nope. None of those things prompted me to be healthier. I just wanted to be thinner.
I know I’m not alone in this. In fact, I see this daily in my clinic. A client can come in with multiple issues: digestive issues, joint pain, low energy, mood swings, or even autoimmune or degenerative diseases. Despite all of these things, their main goal is to lose weight. I don’t think it’s anything but our wrong teachings that have brought us to this point. We live in this culture that focuses so much on forcing our bodies to look a certain way to fit the standard. We focus on what we look like versus how we feel. It’s completely opposite of how we were designed.
What if I told you that your body was meant to be listened to? What if I told you that you didn’t need to force your body to be different from where it is? What if I told you that weight is a symptom, not a cause?
Once again, our culture has it wrong. (Insert eye roll here.) We are taught that if we take this diet pill, or exercise until we pass out, we will be thin enough to look “good.” I’m here to tell you this is complete crap. Our weight is not something to be fought. It is a message from our body. Our bodies are intelligent. They are always speaking to us. We just choose not to listen. There are many factors in weight loss: hormonal health, stress, gut health, sleep quality, emotional health, etc. Hear me when I say this: sustainable weight loss is a byproduct of a healthy body. In simpler words, when your body gets healthy, you lose weight. There is nothing wrong with your body. It just wants you to love on it, not force it to be something it’s not.
I found this to be true in my own life. My body balanced itself out when it quit forcing it to be where it didn’t want to be. Granted, I don’t have the “perfect” body, but I love where I’m at. I love my body for where it is. I choose to thank it and treat it well. I choose to quit hating it for being something it’s not. This was the game changer for me. It could be for you as well. Are you forcing your body or loving it?
Heather and I will be speaking on The Myths and Truths of Weight Loss this month. We will be discussing what I wrote about and so much more. You should join us. This could be the year you understand the difference between health restoration and temporary weight loss.
In Health Always,