When we become hyper vigilant about something, it will begin to take over your life. It will become all consuming.
This idea stands true with dieting, weight loss, exercise, beauty, etc.
And honestly, that’s what the marketers and influencers in the dieting/fitness/wellness/beauty spaces want you to do.
They want you to buy into the ‘thin ideal’ and become so consumed with it. Then you’re programmed by their tactics and must continue to perpetuate the cycle to keep up with the demands.
Want to know a secret behind how they get you to believe that you have the wrong body and need to be thinner and look a certain way?
- They transfer guilt that you are somehow flawed and that it’s your fault.
- They capitalize on the programming that you have a wrong body
- They will stress that all of it is for your own good
- And then they will give a small sense of achievement in pursuing the never-ending task of starvation and joyless exercise
It’s important to recognize these tactics so that we can be diligent in removing ourselves from places that they exist.
I want you to know that if you find that you have bought into these ideologies, it’s not your fault.
Marketers, advertisers and influencers are very good at what they do. There is no guilt here.
Getting off the Diet Bandwagon
Once you know that the schemes and tactics exist, it’s important to develop your own set of values, thoughts and beliefs.
The reality is, you don’t have to think the same way or believe the same things as the around you.
You don’t actually have to buy into the idea that a thinner you equals a better you.
You don’t have to blame your body for the hard things you’ve experienced.
You’ve got this friend, it’s worth the hard work <3