When “looking your best” & feeling your best aren’t mutually exclusive.
You don’t love the way your body looks so you must be eating way too much, right?
Not so fast.
Your nutritional and caloric needs are not determined by what you look like nor what you want to look like.
Eating for an intentional aesthetic change may not always be what’s best for your health. What you look like and what your body feels like aren’t always mutually exclusive.
This feels really complex because your relationship to your body is complex.
We can often map erratic body image with erratic eating habits. This can look a number of ways- but ultimately leads to women inconsistently getting enough fuel.
This has metabolic implications as well as hormonal implications.
The more active you are, the more you need to eat. In the fitness world, this is often frowned upon with phrases like: “don’t undo your workout.”
Eat to sustain your training and more importantly to sustain your activities of every day life. It’s been proven time and time again that 1,200 kcal is the caloric requirement of a toddler- not grown women.
You’re a warm blooded animal which means your body’s baseline functions require food on a regular basis throughout the day.
Bragging that you’ve had nothing but coffee & half a protein bar all day isn’t cute- and it’s certainly not helping a single thing.
If you’re feeling out of control around food or specific foods, there’s a GOOD chance you’re under eating AND lacking satisfaction throughout the day. Nourishment + satisfaction is where it’s at.
If you’re chronically over eating each night/weekend, there’s a good chance you’re not eating enough through the day/week.
If you don’t have the energy to get through a workout- there’s a good chance you’re not eating enough.
Yep. Yes. Even if you don’t love what you look like. Because “looking your best” & feeling your best are not always mutually exclusive.