It’s that time of year, again, when we get bombarded with ‘body transformations,’ ‘cleanses,’ ‘diet tricks’ and ‘boot camps’ that will enable us to lose 10kg in 10 days and love ourselves again because we’re skinny.
Last year, it made it me angry. This year, I’m just tired. I’m tired of the same propaganda spewed by the fitness industry that makes an unfathomable amount of money from women hating themselves. I’m tired of the malicious marketing that encourages women believe that fitness models and bikini competitors are at the peak of health and beauty. I’m tired of the focus on a random set of appearance criteria instead of strength and performance.
In a culture that idolises the concept of ‘go hard or go home,’ sometimes it’s best to just go home. ‘Sweat is fat crying’ is not only biologically impossible but rather disturbing because both dietary and body fat are necessary and important to our health and wellbeing. The only time we should ‘think of the calories this season’ is in how they can nourish our body and be awesomely delicious.
Memes that praise and admire vomiting in the gym are not ok – this kind of ‘beasting’ simply induces muscle soreness, which tells us nothing other than you’ve done something different, and can actually be counterproductive to progress.
Labelling certain foods as ‘guilt-free’ is absurd – some foods are more nutrient dense than others but they all play their part in the enjoyment life.
Tying self worth to random (and largely unhealthy) standards of physical beauty is a sure way to be forever unhappy with yourself.
Food is amazing. Moving your body in a way that you enjoy is amazing. Get strong, have fun and feel the #calorielove.