Posts in Mental health
6 Real Reasons Diets Always Fail

The diet industry is worth BILLIONS. And yet, there is ample proof now that diets do not work in the long term. 90% of dieters put all the weight back on within 5 years PLUS MORE. You are literally going to get fatter because of dieting. Yet, it's they're still taking our money year after year!

Happiness is not to be found in rock hard abs or a thigh gap. I promise. Here are 6 real reasons diets always fail... 

 

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How to Start Showing up for Yourself (Like you would for your best friend)

Are you one of these people who gets annoyed when people don’t show up for you? Or cancel plans last minute? When someone changes their mind last minute or puts something else over what they’ve planned with you?

It’s fucking annoying right?! Doesn’t make you feel good and often leaves you missing out on something good.

Well bae, how many times are you doing that to YOURSELF.

 

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Are you secretly making yourself feel bad with #inspo vibes

Yesterday I did a workshop and we were talking about social media. A girl said to the group that she fills her feed with fitness models as it motivates her to one day look like them. Maybe that works for her and doesn't trigger her to outwardly feel bad about herself, but I would just like to put it to you that if you’re always hoping to find happiness in a future version of yourself - that’s diet mentality! See, diet mentality is sneaky. It doesn’t always trigger you to feel outwardly shit about yourself but if you’re always thinking you could look better you’re forever telling yourself that you don’t like yourself how you are, right now.

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How I learned to love exercise

I cannot tell you the lengths I would go to get out of PE at school. I absolutely fucking hated it. Even in primary school. For as long as I can remember I’ve had weight issues. I’m sure this can’t possibly be true but I cannot ever remember not being overweight. Luckily, I went to nice school and I was never severely bullied for it like some people, but I was definitely self-conscious from a very early age and never developed the love of sport my Dad had.

I remember being the last kid at the back of the pack during cross country running, walking with stitch. Ugh, makes me sad to think about it. It wasn’t that my parents didn’t try to make me do things. I was just way into drama and didn’t give a fuck about making myself exercise. Then at around age 10 I was diagnosed with a condition called Osgood Schlatter’s disease which is super common in kids who grow really quickly, like I did, and it put an end to any hopes of finding a sport I liked. One day, I got an acute inflammation in my left knee and my leg was put into a cast from ankle to hip! I’m not sure for how long, it must have been several weeks and I had to go to physio to walk properly again I remember that. These days I believe the treatment is different but after that I was given a lazy child’s golden ticket - a doctor’s note that said I was permanently not to do PE unless it was swimming. *shudders* A chubby teenager’s worst nightmare.

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How to sleep better

I luuuuurve sleep. But if I'm stressed it's the first thing to go.  I just can't turn my brain off when I turn out the light even if I feel tired and there's few things worse than 'the fear' when you realise that you're wide away but have loads to do the next day. Hate it! 

 

The thing is, we all need sleep. Without it we would literally stop functioning but despite that, it is so often neglected and pushed down the priority list. And I get it, there's loads of awesome things to be done in the nighttime and being sucked into a Netflix series does often result in time at night being sucked away. And it's understandable that when we're at work every day we want to have fun when we can! Burning the candle at both ends is something that I'm very good at doing if I'm not careful.  For many of us, even when we’re really tired the reality is that we just don’t want to go to bed early when we get so little time at home after work to be with our house mates or partners.

And we live in an over-stimulated, hyped up world where many of us run around totally sleep deprived - literally ‘rest-less.’ We don't feel the natural call to sleep like we used to. How many of us say we're going to bed and then scroll through social media feeds for another 30 minutes? *Puts hand up*

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