As young women, we are all about health; how much we work out, what we’re eating, how we’re feeling. It’s smart to be in touch with your body, but when is the obsession too much? Below, we’ve come up with 11 facts that remind us what’s really important when taking care of ourselves.
1.) It’s not possible to gain 5 pounds overnight.
To actually store 5 pounds of fat, your meal would need to contain a whopping 17,500 calories (which is not humanly possible in one sitting). So eat that ice cream sundae. Then don’t eat as much the next day. Or eat ice cream all weekend long and eat really well during the week. Basically, if for some reason your scale jumps up 3 pounds overnight, don’t sweat it– it’s likely to be water weight. Which brings me to my next point…
2.) Over half of your body is water, so drink like it!
Water is a good thing. Always. The average total body water percentage for a healthy female adult is anywhere from 45%-60%. Sure, water isn’t half as exciting as a cold Diet Coke, but it makes a substantial difference in how you feel. Water allows our organs to function, regulates body temperature, aids digestion and helps our muscles contract and relax. So if you’re reading this right now… go take a swig of water, your body will thank you.
3.) Your female “thin-spiration” is jealous of someone else’s body.
She might even be jealous of yours. Someone else is dying to have some aspect of your body. Maybe you’re part of the Itty-Bitty-Titty-Committee and secretly wish for a bigger cup size. Well, let me be the first to tell you, someone else is “well-endowed” and secretly wishes for your smaller boobs. So love what ya have and flaunt what ya got. The Fitspo thing can be a vicious cycle if you let it get to you too much. Stop comparing your body to others. Simple as that.
4.) Health is not determined by body size.
Just because the girl next to you can put away half a pizza on a weekly basis and can still find room in her size 0 jorts does not mean she is healthy. There are bigger girls who are exceptionally healthy and there are thin girls who are very unhealthy. Being healthy is more than just a size, shape or number on a tag. Those vary from brand to brand anyway! What matters is how you feel in your skin, or your clothes. As long as you think you look good, all other opinions are irrelevant.
5.) Trust your body when it tells you something .
Learn to tell the difference between the pain you feel after a long, hard workout and pain you feel after twisting into a yoga pretzel-like pose your body wasn’t ready for. Once you know that difference, you’ll be saving yourself injury-related trips to a physician and will know when you can push yourself harder in the gym and when to call it quits. And while we’re at it— being hungry is normal. You need food to live! Don’t ever try to mentally block your body’s signals– if you gotta eat, you gotta eat.
6.) People who are naturally thin need to exercise just as often as those who are naturally larger .
Exercise is not only performed to lose or maintain weight. Your muscles need to be put to work and your heart needs to get pumping. Plus, getting high off endorphins after a hard workout makes you feel confident and refreshed no matter what size you are. If the thought of hopping on the elliptical for a half hour every time you go to the gym turns you off, then stop doing it. If you don’t like it now, chances are you’ll just stop doing it all together eventually. Find the type of exercise that works best for you and leaves you anticipating your next session.
7.) No one cares about how your body looks as much as you do .
Do you walk around the pool deck with your arms crossed against your stomach because you’re self-conscious? I’m guilty as much as the next girl, but people are not visually searching out your imperfections. So your second toe is longer than your big toe and you think that’s absurd? Nobody has noticed this but you. Until you complain about something or draw attention to it, most people won’t have a clue. Not to mention, everyone thinks their feet look weird. Feet. Are. Weird.
8.) If a guy doesn’t like some part of your body, you don’t need to change– he does .
Hear me out on this one— you may be head over heels for him and he might give you butterflies, but anyone who makes you feel poor about your body is not worth it and doesn’t deserve a spot in your life. There’s a pretty good chance they’re unhappy with their own body. Happy people don’t strive to make other people feel bad. One day, a guy will walk into your life who thinks all your “problem areas” are the cutest thing on this planet. Love someone who loves all parts of you.
9.) Get some shut-eye.
Sometimes, staying up with your bestie til 3 am is definitely worth the stories you’ll tell at her wedding, but nothing feels better than a great night of sleep. Your skin radiates, your smile gets a little wider and your eyes twinkle– I mean, that’s not a scientific fact, but you’ve got to agree. An “I woke up like this” selfie for Snapchat is totally appropriate after eight or more glorious hours of rest. Catch some zzzzzz’s girl.
10.) Everyone has things they wish they could change. Just, stop.
From Supermodel Chrissy Teigen Instagramming her stretch marks to Amber Rose walking the runway with her powerhouse strong legs– our favorite celebs have “flaws” they don’t love about their bodies. Our bodies are always changing, growing and getting older– take it from this article. “You shouldn’t be aspiring to look like a 16-year-old when you’re 20.” Embrace the ups and downs the changes and the growth. Everyone has things they wish they could change. Move on, sister.
11.) When you feel good, you look good .
If there’s anything you take away from this article, let it be this— when you’re happy, you look hot. Everyone wants to know why you’re smiling, what’s that girl’s secret and how they can radiate those same vibes. Our girl Audrey said it best, “Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” Now, go be happy. The beauty is just a wonderful side effect.
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