It's the New Year and resolutions are being made. One of the most popular resolutions is to "lose weight."
A few weeks ago I composed a tweet that in order to lose 1 pound per week you have to burn an extra 500 calories per day. 3,500 calories = 1 pound. Even though this is important to keep in perspective, I realized that I do not want to be a Dietitian who stresses numbers on the scale. There is already enough of that everywhere. The media and this country focuses on an unrealistic, unattainable, idealistic life & body that most people cannot attain. I do want to be a Dietitian that teaches HOW to eat healthy and WHY to eat healthy.
I've been underweight. I've been overweight. During stressful or upsetting time periods I seem to gain a few pounds and during "happy" times I lose them. All in all, if I do see myself gaining any weight, I look at what I am eating and why I am eating it. Then I alter accordingly. I don't step on the scale everyday. I don't recommend it either. It'll drive you crazy.
During a conversation last night over dinner about resolutions I decided mine was to be less self critical. I think we should all focus on self-acceptance, health, energy, overall well-being & mood.
Happy New Year full of healthy eating!