You don’t need a body transformation

You’re fine as you are.

You don’t need to eat clean or detoxify your body.

You don’t need to go to a gym and tone it up or work it out.

You don’t need to weigh in weekly to see whether your physique is satisfactory.

You don’t need a body transformation.

A gym I worked with once sent out an email about all the body (and self) “transformations” that were “yet to come.” That any gym could be the one place you achieved this. That you needed to achieve a body transformation in the first place? That was an unfair (and inaccurate) assumption.

Public health messages, gym culture, and clickbait media (bloggers, “health” sites, and major publications alike) have similar intentions. They want to “improve” your health with habit change, hacks, or guilt trips. Reading these messages will convince you that something has to be transformed, or you’re doomed.

Some of these messages have good intention.

Yet some just want to get your attention. Some are simply personal anecdote disguised as advice. Some of them are helpful in improving health. Some are guidelines that cater to an average in our human population.

They are not implicitly for you. They are not rules.

Most of them are not well intentioned.

They want you to think you need a body transformation. They are selling you something, whether that’s an ad, an affiliate link, a membership, a guilt trip, or a direct product. They are trying to convince you that you’re not okay as you are. You should transform to fit an ideal; you have a lot of work to do.

This isn’t true. Don’t believe it.

Your don’t need a body transformation. Your body has a healthy weight set point. Your blood work will reveal your health markers. Your family history will provide genetic risks you need to be aware of. Your lifestyle and your emotional health will influence all of the above. You don’t have to be perfect.

Real talk: I spent years in a disordered mindset with both eating and exercise. I wanted my body to change. I wanted to control it. I wanted affirmations every time I had a physical, that I was a “healthy” weight with in good health. I needed that. I worked hard for it.

I was far less healthy then than I am now. I didn’t need to transform my body to fit an unsustainable ideal. I needed to let go of it. I needed to trust it. I had to learn that. I’m still learning that.

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You know yourself best. Trust that.

If you feel shame, discomfort, insecurity, anxiety, or stress when you read or receive a message, then it wasn’t presented to you in a helpful or constructive way. Question it. Find a healthcare provider that meets you where you are. Find a team of healthcare professionals that address you as a human. Find people who are open to what works for you in order to improve or maintain your health in an ethical way. Ask your own questions. Be true to your own needs. Don’t try to meet their demands. 

When you find your team, I hope you feel comforted, heard, excited, and true to yourself. I hope you hold onto that. Trust it. Lean into it. That’s where we thrive.

body transformation real talk

You’re fine as you are.

You don’t need to eat clean or detoxify your body.

You don’t need to go to a gym and tone it up or work it out.

You don’t need to weigh in weekly to see whether your physique is satisfactory.

You don’t need a body transformation.

Comments

  1. July 11, 2017

    I love this so much, thank you!!

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