This year I am resolving NOT to start a diet in January. Because as we all probably know deep down, diets don't work. If they did it wouldn't be such a huge money making industry! I read a great post from a brilliant nutritionist, @Rhitrition, I follow on Instagram that makes so much sense.
"Your weight can be affected by a million different things. Depending on what you ate, how much water you drank, whether you ate lots of salty foods and what time of day you weighed yourself, your weight can vary 2kg a day. If you’re more stressed than usual your body may produce more cortisol (stress hormone) which leads to inflammation = weight gain.
Of course we need to enjoy things in moderation but enjoy these days by stepping off the scales. While weight offers some useful measure, weighing too often can cause anxiety, distress and can even dictate your mood for the day. At worst it can even cause a spiral of deprivation, binge eating and low self-esteem.
Remember, how much body fat you have, your age, your bra size, your waist, or any other number does not define you. So many of us pin our happiness and mark our success based on a number on the scales, but it should never be to the extent that our self-worth, value and significance rests on it.
Anyone who has dieted will appreciate that achieving their perceived perfect weight rarely brings the happiness that they had hoped for. Too many people wake up, jump on the scales and adjust our day according to the number we see. If you are that person, what does that tell you? Ask yourself, is it making you happy? Is it really enhancing your life?"
As we pass the 50 mark our body shape can change, you may lose your waist and dieting won't unfortunately bring it back. We need to rethink how we feel about our body and learn how to dress confidently. I'm not saying eat anything and everything. Of course moderation is important, but we have to stop feeling guilty about having the occasional pudding or the amount of chocolates we have eaten over Christmas.
Like many of you I have had my own dip in confidence after turning 50. But luckily for me I have my Stylist techniques and tricks for dressing to show off the bits I like and disguise those I don't.
Same day - no weight loss, just using my styling tricks
I have completely re-thought my wardrobe and start this next decade with a wardrobe I love that has endless possibilities. If you want to know how I've done it and how you can too, without spending a fortune OR losing weight, pop over and watch this video.
At the start of this New Year (and decade), my resolution is to focus on helping women over that certain age learn to love who they are and dress confidently, without having to fit into an unrealistic image determined by the media. This time last year I started Stylish@50 and this year I am growing and improving it to reach even more of you.
So cheers to you! Enjoy the New Year and resolve to be kind to yourself rather than critical. Check out the video if you want some inspiration :)