I’m SICK of hearing people say, ‘summer body’.
It’s that time of year when we are feeling a bit more self-conscious and suddenly have the scary thought that we might not fit into a bikini that fitted a year ago.
WHO CARES? The reality is, our lives constantly change, and unfortunately so does our weight. But why should that be a measure of whether we are ready for summer?
This is why I think the ‘summer body’ NEEDS TO GO.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve put on a couple of pounds, or not done as many squats in the gym – our bodies are amazing and beautiful, and we should want to show them off whenever we can.
But of course, that’s easier said than done. ESPECIALLY when you’ve been scrolling for hours online looking at countless posts captioned “Use my discount code to get 25% off”, as influencers and celebrities advertise a miracle weight-loss product whilst showing off their perfectly airbrushed figures.
So, if we add our own insecurities with the countless Instagram posts telling us that need to lose weight, we are left with a toxic concoction of self-doubt and worthlessness – and that’s where the term ‘summer body’ comes from.
I mean, how dare we squeeze into a bikini without doing some ridiculous diet, trying out a detox tea or sucking on an appetite suppressant lolly. It sounds stupid right? Because it is.
It seems for some influencers or celebs, at the first sign of money they drop their moral compasses and abuse their power for selfish gain.
What they don’t tell us is that they have countless personal trainers, dieticians, expensive meal plans, cosmetic work and of course, photoshop. SO when we look at it like that, it makes our hope of having a body like Kim K seem like a very distant dream.
But the quick-fix weight-loss industry is finally starting to be called into question, along with the morality of those who advertise their products.
Activist and TV personality, Jameel Jamil’s ‘I weigh’ movement has been at the forefront of this battle over the last year.
Celebrities who dare to endorse these products now run the risk of being publicly shamed by Jameela and her followers. Some of her victims have been the likes of Khloe Kardashian and Cardi B.
So how do we cut through the bullshit online?
If we’re not happy with our weight, what is a healthy and sustainable way to do so – without completely destroying our self-esteems in the process?
I interviewed Dr. Sam Robson who runs her very own holistic weight loss programme and clinic in Aberdeen, to ask for her professional view on the quick-fix weight loss industry.
“I think this is even more of an issue these days with the pressures of social media. Personally, I don’t see celebrities as being inspirational role models, but I do get that the power of marketing. If you wish to engage with an audience then nothing beats a celebrity endorsement!
“There is too much out there promising a pain free miracle cure. Losing weight is a slow graft, you have to kind to yourself about the ups and downs of weight loss and not beat yourself up when you are not doing so well.
“It takes determination and perseverance to stick with a firm regime, so be prepared to make lifestyle changes, eat better, exercising and take responsibility.
Dr Robson’s weight loss programme is hugely patient focused and involves psychological screening to assess any underlying issues that someone may have which may be affecting their weight.
Many of us can use food as an emotional crutch, sometimes we turn to food for comfort when we feel low. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, it may be a question of dealing with your mental state before your body can change. If you have an unhealthy relationship with yourself, it’s likely you also have an unhealthy relationship with food.
“Exercise can be a challenge too” explains Dr Robson. “If you are not naturally a gym bunny then it can be a daunting prospect. But humans have evolved to move, and exercise is only really a small part of the weight loss equation.
“But the biggest reward from finding exercise you enjoy is not only the sense of achievement, but also the mental boost it gives you and the motivation to eat better and sleep better is dramatic.”
If you’re wanting to lose weight safely and effectively, it isn’t a shake, pill or detox tea that is going to be your answer. The simple and somewhat boring reality is that you need to eat less and move more.
“Society has a huge part to play – with all the social pressures and desirability promoted about being slim and if you’re not your seen as a failure” says Dr. Robson.
“You don’t have to be slim to be beautiful. We are all beautiful in our own way, it’s a journey of self-acceptance, and being slim does not make you a nice or happy kind person. BUT being obese/overweight is not the only alternative. It is possible to lose weight and maintain it, but you must be prepared to change”.
It’s important for to take a break from social media and realise that it is not reality, and too much time scrolling through social media does not do well for our mental health or self-esteem.
Whether you’re wanting to lose weight, tone up, or live a healthier lifestyle make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons, not how a bikini pic will look on your Insta feed. We are all beautiful and should love our bodies, no matter what time of the year. So let’s boycott the “summer bod” and enjoy our holidays bearing all, no matter what shape or size you are.
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