So as some of you may or may not know, I used to be a HAES advocate. After all, some exercise is certainly better than none, and I had it in my head that since diets statistically failed, I might as well not try.
HAES told me the following things:
1. that weight loss was impossible
How long after you started exercising and eating a balanced diet did you start to feel better? Was it after you lost 100 pounds, or AS YOU WERE losing 100 pounds. If you got that you couldn’t eat right and exercise and follow HAES, you weren’t listening closely enough. You get angry when some kid comes on Tumblr and complains about her parents, but you’re going to blame your decision not to take steps to be healthier at whatever size you were on HAES when you started feeling healthier as soon as you took the steps (eating in a balanced way and exercising moderately, such as running for 20 minutes)? I’m glad you’re feeling better and I’m sorry that you didn’t understand what HAES was more clearly.
See, here’s the thing.
If you’re eating a balanced diet made of the correct amount of food, you will not remain overweight.
And this is the point that HAES fails to grasp. They fail to grasp it because they’re too busy shouting shit about metabolism and set point theory to realize that all of it is bunk. If you feed two people of equal heights and muscle masses 2000 calories a day and they both get the same amount of activity, they will both even out to within a few pounds of one another.
I used HAES as an excuse to remain fat, as anyone who is following HAES and remains fat is doing.
Yes, it stole two years of my life from me. No, I am not going to rescind that statement.