What initially triggered my "weight-loss-free" mentality was the shift that had taken place in the health and fitness industry. The thinking was that to support women in being body positive, the weight-loss discussion had to be taken off the table. I had to consider the topic taboo. But weight loss isn’t a dirty word, it's not the enemy of health and wellness—and we all need to get comfortable talking about it again.
By avoiding the weight-loss discussion, we’re making weight loss another thing to feel ashamed about…as though women don’t carry enough body image baggage as it is. The bottom line is that if you need to lose weight to be healthy, then you need to lose weight. It’s a simple fact and nothing to be ashamed of. Acknowledging that need is certainly not making you any less body positive. In fact, by recognizing how a different weight would be healthier for you, you’re showing your body how much you love it and demonstrating your desire to do right by it.