Lets go ahead and face it, there is a serious problem. We live in a society that obsesses over weight.
Who weighs too much? Who doesn’t weigh enough?
Everyone wants to criticize each other about it, to the point that we just aren’t satisfied no matter what that scale says.
Wherever you look, you will be told you have to go on a diet. You have to lose weight. You have to be thin to be considered attractive. It’s plastered all over television, newspapers, billboards, magazines, and online. Try if you will, to avoid it, but you can’t miss it.
When you get on google or YouTube, you are going to find an abundance of help and tips on how to diet and lose weight.
But try and look up the opposite. Try and find people who struggle with being underweight. Find someone who accurately represents high metabolism.
I’ll save you the time, I’ve already searched high and low.
You’re mainly going to find results for thin men wanting to bulk up, so body building is what typically pops up.
There is a minuscule scattering of videos of young girls claiming they can’t gain weight. Most of the time, they don’t eat regularly and just binge on junk food once a day and weigh a little over 100 pounds.
That is not a good representation of high metabolism, but for the most part, that is what you’re going to find when you try and look it up.
For anyone who has ever legitimately struggled with high metabolism, you have probably received never ending backlash all your life. There’s little to no support.
You feel like a slave to food. Huge meals all day, and snacks in between. High calorie intake. You still burn all that off, don’t you?
Sometimes you gain a pound or two, most likely water weight on your periods… But get sick once, and bam! Eight to ten pounds, lost in the blink of an eye. Son of a… Now you have to start the stupid cycle all over again!
The whole time, you’ve heard every ignorant comment in the book…
Eat a sandwich, you obviously don’t eat enough!
Are you anorexic?
No? It must be drugs then. Go to rehab, you have a problem.
I can overlap my fingers around your wrist.
I could put my hands around your waist, and my fingers would probably touch.
At this point, you may have become accustomed to random people grabbing at you just to say these stupid things to you.
Apparently it’s okay to do this to thin people, it should be taken as a compliment so just allow it. Even though that would be forbidden the other way around. It would be rude and unacceptable to walk up to someone, grab them and comment on their thick wrists.
Who does that? What gives you the right to violate someone like that?
You probably also hear:
I’d be afraid to hug you, you might break.
How do have you sex without breaking?
I wish I had your problem, you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight.
Really, the list goes on. I’m sure you can relate to all of that, if you’re in my boat.
So, as an “under-weight” person, what do you hear the most for tips and advice? I can tell you what I was told.
– You need to eat more than everyone else, and make sure everything you ingest has an insane amount of fat and calories.
– You don’t have the same issues with food as the majority of people, so it’s okay to eat anything and everything.
– All the foods people are told to avoid so they don’t get fat… Welcome to the diet for the kid with high metabolism.
– Don’t exercise so you don’t lose weight.
Are anyone’s wheels screeching to a halt yet?
How is that good advice for anyone? That just promotes dangerously unhealthy habits.
That takes ZERO forethought for how this is going to effect you as you grow older.
For one- you may only have high metabolism as a kid, and that’s really temporary.
You’re being trained to not only over eat, but fill your body with junk.
That will catch up to you once your metabolism slows down.
Some of you are like me. You weren’t taught to seek out healthier ways to fuel your body.
You may still be very thin regardless of what you eat.
For me, I’m almost thirty and all those years of bad eating habits are catching up to me. I may still not be gaining weight, but I really felt the negative impact from eating food that is typically bad for anyone.
So that theory everyone has of the magical gift of being able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight… Wrongo!
The underlying problem that we all need to understand, is that no matter what you weigh, it is absolutely dire that we learn to eat what is healthy.
The only thing I’ve ever gained from force feeding myself too much junk food “cause I can” is bad habits that ultimately made me feel like crap.
No matter how much I ate, I had no energy. I always felt fatigued. I was irritable. I was depressed all the time. I didn’t gain weight, but my stomach was bloated every time I ate. I felt either nauseous or had heartburn. I was popping heartburn pills before every meal, and it didn’t always help.
Turns out, my problem wasn’t how much I was eating, it was what I was eating.
This should be common knowledge.
I had to be patient with myself and learn all over again, how I should eat. This time, making the switch to healthier food. And to stop listening to people telling me to eat whatever fattens people up.
It’s a process, that I’m still slowly but surely changing my life and how I feel about myself.
I take a women’s multi-vitamin.
I’m taking a more organic approach to what I eat. If there’s preservatives, chemicals you can’t pronounce, added flavors and colors, high fructose corn syrup or aspartame, etc… Don’t eat it.
The less ingredients (that you can actually recognize) the better.
Personally, I have a texture issue that makes me gag on fruits and raw veggies, unrelated to their actual taste. This is part of the reason I failed so hard at eating healthier as I was growing up.
I never realized that taking them in smoothie form was an option. Let alone that it can be done in a delicious way! So I highly recommend that to get all those nutrients in your system, if you struggle with eating them.
Just these few adjustments in my eating has dramatically changed my life!
I feel better. I have energy. My stress levels have gone down. My skin and hair has improved. My immune system has my back. My self esteem has raised. I finally feel like I can accept the body I have.
My frame remains thinner than average, but that’s just how I’m built. Now that I feel better though, I am more comfortable with my form.
The ignorant remarks from others may never end.
Don’t torture yourself trying to change your weight, because people tell you to. Their opinion is not your truth.
High metabolism does not have to be seen as a problem. It may be a struggle to keep your energy up, but if you focus on fueling that energy with healthy food, you will be fine.