Friends, it feels like it’s been forever since there has been a He thinks/She thinks post- but fear not- I have some amazing bloggers sharing their perspectives on some complex and controversial topics. What better way to get the ball rolling that having Becky who blogs over at Olives’N’Wine sharing her perspective this week.
This week we’ll be discussing the infamous word ‘Diet’– and how there tends to be an unfair stigma on bloggers who allude or state a desire to lose weight within the Healthy Living Blogger community.
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Hi! I’m Becky from Olives ‘n’ Wine – a blog where I share my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places. I want to thank Arman for inviting me to participate in his He Thinks | She Thinks series! I love his straight-forward, male perspective in the female-dominated HLB world and I’m excited to be here today!
Now, onto the topic at hand… Dieting.
Be honest – did you just cringe at that word?
The thing with diets is that they are not intrinsically bad. Seriously, think about it. If you’re at an unhealthy weight, what is wrong about wanting to lose a few pounds or tighten up your buns by eating less and getting some fitness into your daily routine?
Yes, diets eventually must turn into lifestyle changes in order to maintain the weight loss achieved but what’s wrong with starting a healthier way of living with the help of a diet?
I understand that for some dieting can turn into an unhealthy obsession that can pave the path to disordered eating. I’m not going to touch on that topic today because 1) As someone who hasn’t experienced a diagnosed eating disorder themselves/am not educated in the subject, I don’t feel comfortable discussing the topic in detail and 2) There are plenty of blog posts out there that share personal experiences with disordered eating that are much more informative than anything I could ever write.
Let me share with you why I’m all for common-sense, healthy dieting.
- Weight loss/gain is all about calories in vs. calories out. Unless you count ‘em or are super aware of everything you’re eating, the pounds aren’t going anywhere – either up or down. It’s science peeps!
- $190.2 billion. BILLION. That’s how much the United States spends on obesity-related medical costs each year. $14 billion of that spending can be traced back to children. (source) I don’t even know what that kind of money looks like. What I do know is that if I had $200 billion sitting in my pocket, I wouldn’t want to spend it on health care! There is obviously a lot of politics and opinions that go into issues like this but can someone tell me why a diet (followed by a lifestyle adjustment) is bad again?
- It’s the quickest way (I’m speaking in healthy terms here, not unhealthy – eat celery 24/7/365) to see results. And results are motivating to people. Don’t tell me you don’t get excited when your bum looks good in your skinny jeans or your shoulders are sculpted in that new strapless dress! Long term diets are not sustainable but diets can lead to healthier lifestyles which can last a lifetime.
And, just because I’m sharing my opinions today, I don’t even have a problem with the short-term diets; you know the diets before a vacation or a big event. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to feel their best in a bikini on an anniversary trip with their husband or in that skin tight dress for a girls’ weekend in Vegas? I sure as heck know that I watch what I eat, workout more and *gasp* even count calories before a vacation.
Whatever your view, I think we all need to keep in mind the difference that we each experience with food, weight and our diets. Not everyone loses weight in the same manner. Some of us need to count calories in order to fit into our clothes. Some of us can manage our diets intuitively and just eat until satisfied. And some of us – myself included – can briefly gaze at a pan of brownies and gain 5 pounds.
Hey, on a positive note – at least I’ll never be impacted by a famine… an image of a chocolate-y nutella-filled cake should do the trick 😉
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I initially wrote this post not part of the He thinks/she thinks series but after following Becky’s blog for quite a while and her recent dietary changes and initiatives, I thought it would be interesting for her to chime in on her perspective on it.
The healthy Living Blogger community is one which has many pathways and groups under it.
There are healthy recipe developers, those who follow specific eating styles and those who have achieved weight loss success and are sharing their maintenance journey.
There are some out there who are actively trying to gain weight to meet their fitness goals and others who are embracing a new love of exercise.
However, there is an area which often receives an unfair stigma and judgement- those bloggers who want to weight or a few unwanted kilos which for some reason or another, has occured.
Not being a blogger who is actively looking to lose weight (ironically, I’m working on gaining some weight!), from an outsiders perspective, I find as though anyone who mentions wanting to lose weight often suffer judgement and snarky comments.
‘Why do you want to lose weight? You look perfectly fine!’
‘You must be suffering from an Eating Disorder’
‘You’re so vain. Many would kill to look like that.’
Nice things to be saying? Not at all.
The blogger may be suffering from poor health, poor fitness and other factors which losing weight can provide significant benefits for them. The blogger may NEED to lose weight- for example if diabetes or cardiovascular disease has historically affected their families.
Bloggers shouldn’t feel like they will suffer backlash for wanting to do something to improve their health, especially if it involves them doing so in a healthy fashion. However, if they do it in ways which can send incorrect messages across to readers, promote restriction or an unhealthily unattainable maintenance- then there are deeper issues there.
What are your thoughts on this?