Cosmopolitan - South Africa|March 2020
You know the cycle: eating all of the things, followed by feeling bad about eating all of the things, followed by vowing to get your shit together with the help of a hard-to-pronounce ‘lifestyle’ – because body positivity may be brightening our feeds, but diet culture is still here to tell us we suck at food.
Starting a new diet isn’t entirely about getting clearer skin or improving your gut health (although if those are your true goals, then, obvs, fine). Most people attempt super-restrictive diets to become smaller versions of themselves. And honestly, ‘I’m going keto’ is now a more socially acceptable phrase than ‘I’m trying to lose weight’.
Eating according to a specific plan is stressful and makes you miss things like noodles, wine and fruit. Fruit! So then when you inevitably cave and eat a bag of chips, you hate yourself, and swear that on Monday you’ll start ‘being good’ again.
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