Weight Loss Isn’t Vain
I was attacked by HAES Dietitians who shamed me for using the words “weight loss” on my website. Here's why helping someone lose weight isn't a vain pursuit.
Happy 2-Tips Tuesday!
Here are two ideas to consider this week.
By Jennifer Broxterman, RD
1. Weight Loss Isn’t Vain
For a while, I was afraid to talk about “weight loss” on my website or social media. I was fearful about being attacked (again) by the HAES (Health at Every Size) Registered Dietitians who followed me. I’m not anti-HAES - but hear me out.
As a coach who promotes a healthy + happy relationship with food with all of my nutrition clients, I 100% embrace and celebrate that healthy humans come in all different shapes and sizes. Weight and fat shaming just aren’t in my DNA.
However, here’s what my fear of being judged by my peers made me forget.
I became a full-time nutrition coach to change lives. I genuinely wake up excited each day to help people make healthy choices so they can have more energy, enjoy life to the fullest, and feel good in their own skin.
Sometimes (oftentimes), helping a client lose weight by supporting healthy food, exercise, sleep, and stress management choices is exactly what they need to feel healthier and happier. It’s not for me to put my own spin on their situation or motivators.
Or to say it another way, weight loss isn’t vain.
Who am I to judge what motivates someone to live their best life on their own terms?
And if I can help more people change their behavior with the coaching skills I’ve mastered, wouldn’t it make sense to talk about weight loss coaching from time to time? I think so.
That’s called marketing, and sharing what you do as a coach is how you have a greater impact and help more people.
2. Quote: Weight Loss & Vanity
“It’s not vain to want to lose weight or feel better in your clothes. It’s honest. Be honest with yourself about your motivation and steer into it. There are a lot of reasons to start taking care of yourself - all of them are valid. You don’t need to justify it to anyone. It doesn’t matter why you start. The important thing is that you do.”
– Jeff Dalzell
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Jennifer Broxterman, MSc, RD
REGISTERED DIETITIAN & SPORTS NUTRITIONIST
• Award-winning Foods & Nutrition University Professor
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• 16 year CrossFit affiliate owner with my husband
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