Honestly, I feel like every week or month every publication, website, etc. reminds me of the top ten ways to lose weight, how losing five pounds will make me a faster runner and how eating asparagus will totally shrink my waistline. There's always an OCCASION to lose weight, and maybe that's what bugs me the most. Here's my summation of a typical year of weight loss information:
January: Woo-hoo! It's New Year's and time for resolutions. This will definitely be the year. The year you lose weight, get incredible abs and become a model. Let the deprivation diets begin!
|Ok Magazine, July 2010|
March: Don't worry about that little slip-up with V-Day. No biggie. TIME TO FOCUS ON SPRING BREAK BODIES! You'll want to start lifting weights now, because you need to look toned in those bikinis, not just skinny. Don't worry, every magazine has 26 workouts to get you started.
April: So you gained 8 pounds on your Spring Break booze cruise. Don't beat yourself up about it. Just eat well, be positive and remember not to give in to Easter candy temptations. You learned your lesson after Valentine's Day, right? RIGHT?
|I never learn that lesson.|
June: Read new article on bathing suits that play to your features. Buy the perfect bathing suit for your vacation. Skipping meals is now required for two reasons: to fit into bikini, and to pay for aforementioned bikini. Totally worth the month's rent because it MINIMIZES THIGHS.
July: THIS IS IT. This is what you worked for. This is the big bikini reveal. Salads, protein powders and six thousand crunches combine to give you the body that you've always dreamed of. Just be careful not to go overboard on burgers, beer and hotdogs. Thankfully there are dozens of articles giving you low cal barbecue recipes, yes!
August: Summer vacation! The perfect time to show off your new bathing suit. You plan to try stand-up paddle boarding, jog on the sand every morning and do sunset yoga before your healthy seafood dinners. Instead, you gain 8 pounds by consuming 17 bottles of wine and trying every single flavor of gelato in existence. Bummer.
September: BACK ON TRACK! Whether you're heading back to school or work, it's time to completely overhaul your appearance. Plus, its finally cool enough to actually be active outside. DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN LOSE 75 POUNDS JUST BY WALKING? The girl on the cover totally did!
|Shape Magazine, September 2010|
November: Halloween candy on sale. Eat every single bag on the clearance shelf, plus all the chocolates you can steal from your child's basket without them noticing. Spend two weeks being "healthy" in penance and then stuff yourself silly on Thanksgiving.
December: You don't have to gain weight during the holidays! Try one of the six thousand workouts perfect for winter. Spend $800 on show shoes because it burns 500 calories per hour! Break leg snow shoeing and drown sorrows in food. Decide Christmas doesn't count - diet starts January 1st.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
So here's my question: do you think it's harmful to regularly lose/gain weight throughout the year? It is natural to gain in the winter, lose in the summer?
From the little I understand on the subject, losing large amounts of weight only to regularly gain them back isn't ideal. However, I do think most people fluctuate throughout the year - myself included.
Any other predictable weight loss messages you hear year after year?