Have I put on weight? Sure this phrase is quiet common among women, especially among the ones who are trying hard to shed a few kilos. Weight loss, diet, gym, yoga — these are the terms women, mostly those in their early 20s and 30s, tend to use/hear, when they hang around with their friends. Most of us are either on a diet, cheating on a diet, discussing how we need to lose weight, or talking about the latest weight-loss craze.
But wait, in this obsession, are we trying to live our lives to the fullest? May be not! I am over conscious myself. The minute I don't fit into my old pants or my little black dress, my head spins. Which gym should I hit this time? Is aerobics a better option? But yes, now, I wonder if it's even worth it. People who are important to me like me for what I am. So why bother? I don't mean its okay to look fat. Looks do matter, but not at the cost of having fun or living life to the fullest.
Most of us love junk, irrespective of the nutritional content. But, do we really indulge in it with no guilt? There's always the fear of becoming fat and flabby. While I agree junk is not good for health, I would definitely argue that junk food is a part of each of our lives. And anyways what's the guarantee we are eating healthy veggies and fruits these days! The way we space the intake is what matters. While the opposite sex might never say no to those butter coated Paav bhajis or the sinful chocolate fudges, women always hesitate to binge. The mind alarms us — Beware! This could mean an extra hour in the gym!
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After this there is the whole frustration of not losing weight. You work out religiously; follow all possible diets that fancy health magazines prescribe and don't leave any stone unturned just to tone down your figure, but NEVER get where you always wanted to! So, what did you get at the end? According to me, the more you obsess over something, the more unattainable it becomes.
Last but definitely not the least; let's admit that the root cause behind all this is MEDIA! Kareena Kapoor gets a size zero figure and that's enough reason for us to get depressed about the way we look. Today's cinema is dominated by so much glamour and glitz that women fall for the same. But, do we even know the kind of life models and actresses lead behind the screens? Is that really how we would like to live too? Exercising, living on crash diets and thinking about how you look 24/7? Think again!
So what's the final call? How do we shed those pounds without obsessing over it?
This is what I think we women must do:
- Firstly, lets accept that women, no matter what gain weight at some point in life. So, it's not just YOU!
- Secondly I guess there's just no magical pill or diet that will let you get all trim and sexy in no time.
- The best way to lose weight is to love yourself for how you are & YES stay away from the weighing scale.
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