Why Losing Weight Shouldn’t Just Be About Looking Good

So far, I’ve lost 30 pounds of weight.

Prior to that, I used to weigh almost 300 pounds. I couldn’t walk and talk at the same time, and I couldn’t keep up with anyone’s walking pace. Not because my foot was injured, but I was running out of breath. The lifestyle I led before was anything but beneficial. I remember eating a tub of ice cream one summer and finishing it all by myself. I remember the minute my mom bought a regular bag of chips from the grocery store, and I would chunk it down like there was no tomorrow. Nevertheless, I will admit that my diet in the past was horrendous. My diet consisted of fried foods, sugar, salt, and no nutrients at all

I remember countless times when I tried to lose weight. From every dance session in the living room to every attempt at visiting the gym. Additionally, I remember pretending I actually liked the taste of fresh vegetables in my chicken salad. I tried and kept trying, but nothing would budge.

It wasn’t until I was around 18 years old that I decided to try a whole new approach to my weight loss journey.

I decided to become more knowledgeable and read on the benefits fruits and vegetables have. Also, I wanted to know the specific advantages that protein has in regards to muscle growth. I even researched how our bodies differentiate through our physical state as they lose more weight. It was in those moments that I had a sudden realization.

In the past, I tried losing weight but didn’t. I didn’t lose weight before because of why I did it in the first place. It was for the wrong reasons. I wanted to lose weight to look prettier, more beautiful, noticeable, and yes, even to improve my love life. These were the exact reasons why I failed. I didn’t care to be healthy, because the minute I would’ve lost the weight, I probably would’ve continued eating tubs of ice cream. Moreover, I didn’t care for nutrition facts, exercise, or the fact that living healthier would have benefited me in the long run. I just did it for vanity purposes.

Thus, I realized that the right way to a healthier lifestyle is not how thin your body will look in the end. It’s about how much faster you can run. It shouldn’t be about eating fruits and vegetables because you have to, but because of the number of nutrients and vitamins they provide. Lastly, it shouldn’t be about others being proud of your progress. Because you have every right to be proud of yourself every step of the way.

Photo by Gesina Kunkel on Unsplash

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