Even though it's 2016 and women are doing amazing things in terms of careers and following their dreams and goals, we're still concerned about our weight and appearance. If you're a woman, you've looked in the mirror and wondered why you couldn't look more like your fitness-obsessed BFF or favorite celebrity. Period. It doesn't matter who you are or how high your confidence is, it's just the way that things are. It's unfortunate that we still feel so insecure about the way that we look, but it's pretty normal. But here's the truth: being skinny doesn't matter. At all. You are worth so much more and it's important to get to a place where you are truly okay with what you look like, because there are other things to worry about, and let's face it, life has enough issues. Here are 15 reasons why being skinny doesn't matter.
15 Eating Disorders Are A Serious Problem
If you think that juice fasts are a smart idea, put down the green juice and eat something. An eating disorder isn't a joke and if you replace actual food with liquids on a regular basis, you might be setting yourself up for a real issue. According to official stats, 20 million females and 10 males experience an ED. If you want to weigh less, remember this: it's a slippery slope. One minute you eat half your lunch because you think that if you cut calories, you'll fit into a smaller size of jeans, and the next minute, you're incredibly sick.
14 Everyone Diets In High School
Okay, maybe not every single person, but it definitely seems like the majority of us go through an awful period of dieting. You don't eat breakfast or lunch, because eating lunch isn't considered "cool" during your teenage years (so lame), and that's just not a healthy way to be. So if you ever think about dieting today, remember that you have a life and a job to do and you probably want fuel and energy to get through your busy days.
13 Healthy Food Has Calories
Sure, if you eat less, you do lose weight, but what's fun about that? The best and healthiest foods happen to be higher in calories. Think avocado, almond butter, peanut butter, etc. Those are healthy, good fats that you need in order to be at your best and be able to actually concentrate when your boss is telling you something important about your future at the company. Feeling spacey and generally like crap because you skipped breakfast isn't going to win you any favors at work.
12 You Want To Feel Like Yourself
Here's a simple formula to remember when you want to lose weight: eat less, lose weight, feel terrible. It's not worth weighing five or ten pounds less and not having enough energy to do the things that you want to do in life. You have dreams, right? Don't miss out because you're too hungry to concentrate or remember anything on your to-do list.
11 Life Is Too Fun
French fries and red wine with your girlfriends on a Thursday evening, a Saturday night family get-together with bowls of spaghetti and meatballs, Sunday dinner with roast chicken and mashed potatoes with your boyfriend. The best, most fun parts of life involve food, and usually a lot of it. Life is too much fun and is basically too sweet for you to miss out because you want to be thin. Enjoy yourself instead.
10 Strong Is Better Than Thin
Do you want to really impress people? Do a series of push-ups on your toes. Hold plank for two minutes (or more if you can handle it). Show off your abs and your arms. Having a strong, toned body and being able to actually use it is so much cooler and more inspiring than fitting into a size zero outfit. Instead of hating your body, thank it for getting you through a yoga or barre or Crossfit class.
9 Curves Are Awesome
It's a good idea to own your body type, no matter what you look like. If you have curves, just remember all the super curvy and gorgeous celebs out there (Amy Schumer, for one) who have curves and don't give a crap. Plus there's the bonus that lots of guys are attracted to girls with curves, so that will do wonders for your love life. It's not worth stressing over. There will always be someone who thinks you're hot just the way you are, but of course, you should think that before anyone else.
8 Skinny Doesn't Mean Healthy
We tend to think that if you're thin, that automatically means that you're in good health, but that's not actually true at all. Of course some women are thinner than others and it's just the way they were built, and it doesn't always spell an eating disorder. But you could be so weak that you can barely lift anything and have no upper-body strength, yet the number on the scale is pretty small. You could weigh 100 pounds but live on onion rings and pizza if you have a crazy fast metabolism. Neither of these things are the picture of health. You want to fuel your body with real food and be able to work out, too.
7 Skinny Doesn't Mean Successful
We also tend to think that if you're thin, then you are also pretty successful in life. Um, no. That has nothing to do with career success. Nothing. You can be bigger because that's the way you were built but you're healthy at the same time, and you're killing it at the office or you even started your own business. Let's stop equating weighing less with being good at your job. It's silly and not true.
6 We Gain More In Winter
Experts say it's not actually the case that you have to stock up on the comfort food just because there is snow outside your apartment window, but if you gain a few pounds every single winter season no matter what, you're normal. Everyone does and it's not a big deal at all.
5 Family Dinners Are The Best
Do you really want to make your mom cry because you're on a diet and refuse to eat her famous pasta for dinner when your family gets together? Probably not. Losing the weight is probably not worth it compared to the memories that you make when you get together over food with the people that you love. It sounds kind of cheesy but really, that's what makes your life so good.
4 Life Needs Treats
Just the truth. We don't make the rules. When you get a promotion, when it's the holidays, when it's your birthday, when you just feel like it -- you deserve to treat yourself and that's usually in the form of food. It's crazy if you don't enjoy a donut or piece of cake every once in a while because you want to lose weight. Don't be that person. Eat the cake.
3 We Eat For A Reason
Sure, we love food because it tastes good and making meals is a fun and satisfying experience. But we eat for a reason: because we need food in order to survive. It's really as simple as that. Don't go against our biological needs and instincts just because you want to lose a few pounds.
2 You Should Love Who You Are
Hey, Justin Bieber said it, and we think it's true as well. You should love the person that you are and the person that you strive to become each and every single day. You're this way for a reason, you're amazing, and you don't need to feel bad because you have hips or whatever makes you feel bad sometimes when you look in the mirror. You wouldn't be a better or even different person if you didn't have that.
1 Life Is Too Short
Dieting and dreaming about being super thin is like wishing your life away. You should want to live in the here and now. When you stop worrying, your life will get so much better, promise. You can eat a plate of sweet potato fries with friends on a weekend evening, or whenever you feel like it. You can eat bacon, too, which we all know makes life worth living. If being thin means saying goodbye to bacon, well, then that's just sad.