I don’t care.
Not caring can either be a defense mechanism – us trying not to care about our situation or obstacles. Or it can be that we have drug ourselves through the mud for so long that caring is hard. BUT if we block out the right things and “not care” about things that are hurting us – we can then get somewhere. So here’s what your dietitian WANTS you to not care about:
If the scale moves up or down.
We live in a weight-centric, fatphobic culture. It isn’t realistic to wake up one day suddenly loving everything about your body. You can’t snap out of beliefs and feelings you have about weight – but you can practice a healthy mindset every day. You CAN train your mind to think differently overtime. 2 out of 100 people who are trying to transform their body will succeed (with the typical advice given) this YEAR. 2 out of 100 in the entire year.
Have you ever been able to control your weight? Most people aren’t able to – it’s the weight cycle, which simply means to regain the weight after losing it. It may be advertised as sustained weight loss, since many people lose weight initially. They don’t count those who regain the weight.
We want to be very clear here. It isn’t YOU, lack of willpower, or failing. Rule-focused, and restrictive measures are the problem. We need behavior-focused nutritional interventions. We need to be able to train our bodies to hear our body’s hunger and thirst signals. You know how much you should be eating – it’s in there, we know it is. You should be eating what you are truly craving (sometimes this can be where we can make improvements!), and feel SATISFIED by the end of a meal. Did you know that can help you make better choices and eat less in the long run? How wonderful does eating what you want, feeling satisfied, AND eating less sound?
Our culture is the problem. And we are here to help you on the path back to sustainable health and wellness.
What you can do right now:
- Let go of a scale. As much as looking back on your progress can help motivate you, ditch the scale at home. You don’t need to be weighing yourself everyday.
- Dieting. Just don’t diet.
- A KEY piece in weight loss or your health journey – Unfollow social media accounts that are full of dieting myths (anything promoting diets) and dieting behaviors. While you’re at it, get rid of the toxic people you have on there too. Leave those who make you feel happy, motivated, and put a smile on your face.
As always, we are here to help you succeed and be your cheerleader. For more information on any of our services visit us online at proximal50.com or email me at email@example.com.
Vanessa Lennick is a Registered Dietitian at Proximal50 Life Center in Bimarck, ND offering both in-person and virtual sessions.