Are you wasting your life worrying about your weight?

I’ve recently been re-watching the brilliant BBC series, Fleabag. In it, they pose a question, “Would you sacrifice 5 years of your life for the perfect body?”

This got me thinking about the many, many, hours, days, weeks, months and as much as I hate to admit it, I’m sure years of my life I’ve wasted obsessing, worrying about and discussing my body or weight. I used to dream about the mental capacity that I’d open up if I didn’t spend such a large proportion of time consumed with these thoughts.

With that said, I wouldn’t be able to say with full confidence that if someone had asked me that question, that I’d have trusted myself to say no. No of course I wouldn’t sacrifice 5 years of my life for the perfect body. But sadly, I can’t say for certain that this would have always been my answer.

Despite the fact that of course, this is a hypothetical question as this secret diet pill hasn’t been invented yet I often feel like far too many people I know, waste their lives obsessing about this and really, there are some similarities to be drawn between wasting and losing 5 years.

It’s only in the last 6 months that I feel for the first time that my attitude towards food, my body and my weight has changed. I feel confident now saying that I would absolutely not sacrifice even 1 day of my life for the perfect body (well, maybe a day) because it’s not the most important thing in my life.

Life is too short to waste it worrying about the things which won’t matter at the end and I recently read the top 5 regrets of the dying and here’s a little spoiler, not one of them involved not being at their goal weight.