• Emma Green

The definition of dieting

If you track your macros, it’s a diet. If you count calories, it’s a diet. If you try to ‘eat clean’, it’s a diet. If you follow a meal plan, it’s a diet. If you talk about adherence, it’s a diet. If you use the term ‘on/off track’, it’s a diet. If you say that you’ve ‘fallen off the wagon’, it’s a diet. If you claim that you’re ‘being good’, it’s a diet. You might not like the term dieting but that doesn’t mean you’re not doing it. I can’t advocate intentional weight loss from either an ethical or scientific standpoint but you have the right to do what you want with your body. I just want to remind you that there is another option, despite what society tells you about health and fitness. You don’t have to live your life according to rules that someone else made up. You don’t have to track anything. You don’t have to restrict food types or amounts. You don’t have to start or stop eating at specific times of the day. You don’t have to try to control your body. You can eat and move in a way that makes you happy and let your body do its thing. That is an option and it’s always on the table.

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