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Saturday 20 July 2013
I had a particularly heartwarming message from a fellow chemo patient, who happens to have the added complication of anorexia nervosa. Sometimes life really sucks.
One line brought me to my knees.
"who wants to spend whatever time we have here obsessed about freaking calories?!?!"
I agree. Yelling loudly.
All of you who are on one of these ridiculous 5/2 diets or are counting calories or obsessing about carbohydrates - JUST STOP IT.
Life really is too short to waste time denying yourself food in pursuit of the "ideal" figure and, according to every magazine and advert, the corresponding "ideal" life to go with it. Sorry to disillusion you but even if you do end up loosing weight and achieving the goal of some random number, which doesn't actually mean anything, here's the kicker.
YOUR LIFE WON'T CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
And, statistically, you will probably put on the weight you have lost AND an extra five pounds within 2 years.
I am not going to get embroiled in the argument about the few people who need to lose weight for medical reasons. I am talking to the majority of the population, male and female, who have fallen totally for the idea that being thinner will change their life and, if they could just "lose those last 10lbs", are expecting a happy life. It's all smoke and mirrors, people. You are buying into a fairy tale, sold to you by those giant food companies, among others.
PS I am not really into vanity. I just can't see how someone's physical appearance matters that much. It is not part of your self-esteem unless you let it be. It is Emperor's New Clothes stuff.