Why I Don’t Talk About Weight Loss

Weight Loss

When I started this site, one of the main principles of it was that I would never talk about weight loss. That’s not why I was working out and it’s not why the majority of women I know work out. Since pretty much all media about fitness aimed at women approaches it from a weight loss angle, I wanted to separate myself from all that. I just wanted Spikes & Heels to be about the love of movement and the mental and emotional clarity that comes from that movement. And yet, I am often approached by PRs with their latest weight loss/supplement/fad diet type pitches.

Proper nutrition is a vital part of everybody’s fitness journey, naturally, but everyone is different, everyone has their own individual needs. I’m not a foodie person at all. Food and nutrition just stress me out to be honest. I’m on my own constant journey to figure out what works for me. I am in no way qualified to talk about any element of nutrition dos and don’ts. On the very rare occasions I have mentioned my nutrition online, I was immediately bombarded with tweets from women asking me to share my diet, automatically assuming it was weight loss oriented. I can’t get with that mentality at all and I feel for women who are just looking for the next fad to shed two pounds that they probably don’t need to lose in the first place. That attitude is never going to change if we don’t create that change ourselves.

I also find the issue to food, nutrition, supplements and the like to be a complete minefield. There are so many conflicting opinions and an abundance of PTs, doctors, physios and the like who are more than willing to jump in online and tell you that whatever your opinion is, it’s wrong. And that’s where I see the danger lies. Since everyone’s case is different, I see far too many people making sweeping generalisations, taking no care to find out an individual’s specific needs. I’m just an advocate for people doing proper research and enlisting the help of professionals if needs be, to ensure they’re doing what’s right for them. I don’t need to weigh in (excuse the pun) on a topic I admittedly have very little knowledge of and confuse things further.

Figuring out your nutrition does not always equate to losing weight either – correct nutrition serves a variety of purposes and it’d be nice if more people viewed it as a means to simply be healthy.

So there you have it – I’m not going to add to the stereotype that all women care about is their weight. There are plenty of us who just like working out for working out’s sake. We love how it makes us feel. And that matters. We are more than our bodies fitting in to social ideals. We prize being fit and healthy and happy. Call me crazy, but I don’t see anything wrong with that.

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41 Responses to “Why I Don’t Talk About Weight Loss”
  1. I’m so with you on this one. I started out on my fitness journey to supplement my weight loss efforts after joining Weight Watchers a few years ago. I lost 2 stone and got fit, but got more obsessed with counting points and finding ‘low fat’ food options that I wasn’t actually eating a balanced and nutritious diet. When I eventually stopped Weight Watchers and went to see a nutritionist it became apparent that I was barely eating any protein (only one portion if even that a day!), and my diet was loaded with sugar and ‘bad’ carbs. I eat much better now, can train harder, have more energy, and (shock, horror!) –> have PUT ON WEIGHT. My last appointment with my nutritionist showed that my body fat had decreased, but muscle mass increased, and I’d put on 2kg. That’s 2kg of muscle, ladies. BOOM.

    • Annie. says:

      That sounds great: A good and healthy approach to food and being active in my opinion. Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. Hannah says:

    I can’t say I don’t talk about weight loss because I do, and I do need to loose some weight.
    However I wholeheartedly agree that the feeling I’m left with after I workout is far more important to me than the number on the scales. Such a good read thanks. Love the picture btw.

  3. Great Post, although i have to admit, I originally got into working out because I wanted to loose weight, but I’m glad I started because now I love working out for the way it makes me feel.

    Now when I run it’s not to help me lose weight, it helps me relax and clear my head after a busy day. It also gives me a great sense of achievement when I get a new PB, and achievement is not a feeling I get to experience that often in my day to day job!

  4. Elle Croft says:

    Amen, Bangs! This is why I love your blog and will continue to read it over the majority of fitness blogs. I don’t run to lose weight; I run because running is AWESOME. End of.

    • Annie. says:

      That’s it! – Also, many who simply work out with the aim of losing weight, don’t actually take any interest in HOW they are training.

      You simply have to look at quite a few of those you see running in the streets: No core muscles, no body tension, no running tecniques at all, often not even the basic preparations required to make your body fit for running (joints and tendons etc. have to be used to the movement of regular and intensive walking before you go running to prevent injury and long-term damage).

      That’s a thing that makes me angry, to be honest, as more often than not it’s just another way of doing something fot the sake of losing weight in a not-at-all healthy way.

  5. Jasmine says:

    I agree whole heartedly. I was obsessed with weighing myself but was terrified of “over exercising” because I didn’t want to start looking hench and muscly! I wanted the Keira Knightley ethereal look!

    Then I discovered running and my view of my body changed – I began to appreciate what it could do! My view of food changed – I started to appreciate it as fuel. I feel better and in turn I think I look better. I am more confident and instead of always pushing for another lost pound I’m pushing for a new PB.

    It is all about being fit not thin!
    http://trainersteacups.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/fit-not-thin.html

  6. Nicola B says:

    I totally agree. Like most others I started exercising many years ago to loose weight. I did loose weight at first but I’ve never seemed to be able to shift that last half stone/stone. I realised recently that although I love exercising all I seem to do lately is force myself to thrash it out at the gym constantly and although its maintained my weight and fitness levels I’m just never going to loose that excess little bit of fat. I decided that from now on I’m going to carry on exercising regularly but doing stuff I love like tennis, swimming, rock climbing, squash, yoga etc. That way I’m enjoying keeping fit, it’s not a chore anymore, I’ll get all the health benefits and more because I’m having fun doing it. Also screw the diets, it’s just a vicious circle of deprivation then binging to overcompensate. I just want to eat healthy, enjoy good healthy food with the odd treat. If I stay the same weight, that’s fine because at least ill be happy and more importantly healthy. Any weight loss that may naturally come is just a bonus!
    I wish more fitness sites were like yours. They’re all just obsessed with weightloss rather than health, even gyms. Reading your posts is really refreshing :-)

  7. Jane says:

    My favorite response about nutrition and diet is that I practice a variation of the “see food” diet, instead of I see food and eat it, I see food and decide if I want to eat it.

  8. I think you have some great points here, I hate to see good fitness magazines with front cover headlines on how to drop a dress size etc. I do talk a lot about weight loss on my blog, because that was the reason I started blogging – I’ve had my own weight loss, and because I then became disordered and lost too much, weight gain. You really hit the nail on the head when you said that we are all different, I could not agree with you more. That’s completely the approach I take on my blog (I’m also a health coach and use that approach in that too). Eating well to be healthy and happy does far more for your wellbeing than any ‘diet’ anyways :-)

  9. Kat says:

    I started weight training for athletic purposes. I think that really helped me get into THE SPORT, not seeing it as a means to an end.

    And the benefits crept up on me. I’m not talking about weight loss. I’m fairly certain I didn’t lose anything, but I actually have no idea because I wasn’t even thinking about it.

    I’m talking about walking around and feeling confident as hell for no reason. It was asking out a guy, getting rejected, and NOT CARING because I could confidently say that he was crazy for not taking me up on the offer.

    Compared to that, losing 5 pounds sounds ridiculous. I train people who often come to me for weight loss, and while we get around to that, I try throughout our sessions to impart that same love and crazy confidence from workouts that I got. It’s a much nicer way to stick with something ACTUALLY beneficial.

  10. Lee says:

    An honest and refreshing approach, I love it! I too have fallen trap to the points/calories obsession.

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