If you're thinking about going on a diet, you might want to watch this and reconsider.

Considering going on a diet? Hold that thought and watch this first.

We spend a lot of time thinking about weight.

So much time, in fact, that it's estimated the average woman wastes 355 days of her life — almost one full year — considering her weight and diet.


What else could we do with that time?

Uhhh, a whole lot! I mean, a two-hour nap each week seems like a better use of time, right?

So what's the deal? What does all of this diet obsession really mean?

We get stuck in vicious cycles of body dissatisfaction, weight obsession, and dieting. For some of us, it begins as early as 8 or 9 years old. And you know what's really happening? We're supporting capitalism with a giant, money-making lie that thrives off of our perceived failure.

The cycle is real.


Basically, we get stuck in a loop where we tell ourselves we need to go on a diet, we actually go on the diet, we lose the weight, we go off the diet, our body's all, "FOOD! Thank you!" and then we eventually gain the weight back.

And you know who wins?

Not you! Not me! When we get stuck in a cycle of dieting, the diet, beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries come out waaayyy ahead in the form of money. And we're just hurting our bodies and our self-esteem.

Listen, nobody is suggesting that we shouldn't make good choices with food and exercise if that's a priority for each of us. But the diet cycle is what's harmful, and that's different.

Watch Melissa talk about how diets hurt you and help capitalism.

She makes great points, doesn't she? It's something to keep in mind next time you find yourself thinking, "I really need to go on a diet."

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