"Chichi, how can I lose weight without losing my ______?" (insert your favorite body part here).
It’s a questions I get a lot and a worry I used to have myself. For a long time, the fear of losing my boobs kept me away from making changes that were too drastic, exercising like I wanted to and admitting to wanting to lose weight (I wanted a smaller everything else, but not my boobies).
Things have changed DRASTICALLY, lol. These aren’t things I think about at all anymore (boobies or making myself smaller). But I know what it’s like. So I feel ya.
Here’s some things that I wish someone had told me.
Whether or not you’ll lose your “boobs” (or any other body bits) has to do with where YOUR body distributes it’s fat. And it’s different for everyone. Boobs are primarily fatty tissue, so it does make sense that they’ll lose volume along with the rest of you. But how much they’ll shrink is all about your genetics - not your workout.
We all carry fat differently: mine is primarily in my belly (first to gain, last to lose). Others carry it in their thighs, hips, legs, boobs, backs, arms, necks etc. We all have bits that have more fat cells than others and it changes from woman to woman. BUT…the size of each cell is the same & all fat gets lost at the exact same rate (pool metaphor: draining a pool means the water will come out at the same rate, but the shallow end will empty WELL before the deep end will). The fat cells in each part of your body get bigger or smaller at the same pace. An area with MORE fat cells is like a deep end. An area with LESS fat cells is like a shallow end.
For fat loss, a woman with MORE fat cells in her breasts may still see changes, but may be able to keep more “boob” than a woman who has LESS fat cells in her breasts.
Dems the breaks. Don’t worry about it.
Instead, focus on other positives: I 100% guarantee you that they outweigh any perceived negatives. Focusing on the 1-2 things that you are unhappy with will certainly produce dissatisfaction. Focusing on the HUNDREDS of other positives will make it seem like a worthwhile trade-off.
I liked my old boobs. But I wouldn’t trade a thing to get them back. That’s the truth. (If they were to suddenly magically appear, I wouldn’t complain either, lol. But I’m not holding my breath).
"Why don’t men get cellulite?"
I get this question a lot, so I thought I’d settle it once and for all!
Myth # 4: Eating disorders aren’t really that dangerous.
Eating disorders, which INCLUDE extreme dieting on and off, can lead to irreversible and even life-threatening health problems, such as heart disease, bone loss, stunted growth, infertility, and kidney damage.
Even short term diets, on and off, can mess up your hormones, cause calcium & bone loss, and can heighten certain cancer risks. For life.
Most symptoms diminish with treatment. There is hope & possible reversal for most issues related to ED. The key is early treatment & continual support.
If you’re suffering, there is help. If you know someone suffering, get help TO help.
Eating disorders are not glamorous. But they are treatable. I promise.