Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Weight Debate

In the society that we live in today, we are expected to be perfect.
But what is perfect? Every person has a different perception of what perfect is. 
Statements such as, "Real Women Have Curves" or "Men want a woman with curves, only dogs go for bones" have been spreading around the internet. I find both of these statements very offensive, and a great example of the double standards that we see in our world today. 
The shaming of people who are "curvy", is seen as horrific and a great offence, yet it is okay to shame a person for being thin?
We are taught never to call someone "fat", yet it is perfectly acceptable to call someone "skinny", and it is often seen as a compliment. However, I feel that these two words are both as offensive, and can deeply hurt a person and lower their self esteem.
No person has the "perfect" relationship with food. We either eat too much, or too little, and everything in between. 
Regardless of looks, it is important to make your health your main priority. 
Eating excessive amount of food, and doing little exercise, can lead to obesity, which can cause ones health to deteriorate, even leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, coronary vascular disease, loss of mobility, heart attacks, strokes and even cancer.
On the other side of the scales, being underweight also has its share in causing risks to a persons health.
Being underweight can lead to amenorrhea, osteoporosis and even infertility.  
It is important to eat healthily, including lots of fruit and veggies. 
Fruit and vegetables are mainly water, so there are very few calories in them, so "pig out" on a punnet of cherries,leaving you feeling full and satisfied with no regret or guilt!
If you don't like fruit or veg, experiment! Try a wide variety until you find some that you do like, which you can then incorporate into your meals.
Drink plenty of water! 
Not only does it improve the complexion of your skin, it also helps to prevent breakouts, eczema and wrinkles, but it also flushes the toxins out from your body.
Don't like plain water, or find it too boring? Simply squeeze some lemon and lime into a glass of cold water to make a tasty and refreshing. Alternatively, you can try sparkling water with strawberries and pineapple.
Once again, experiment with your water, try one of my recommendations, try out your own, or stick to some good old H20 as it is!
While a healthy diet is very important, that is only half the battle!
Its important to exercise as much as you can, whenever you can. Try to get out for a walk, jog or run whenever you can.
Join a gym or dance class, find something that you enjoy doing as you will be more likely to stick to it and not see it as a chore. Also, bring a friend along! You can encourage each other to become healthier, and have fun while you're doing it.
As I have already mentioned, the aim is, and should be, to become healthier and fitter.
If you cut out one bad habit, and incorporate a new one into your everyday life, you will soon see results!
Stay positive and have faith in yourself, you can do this!:)
~elly x

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