Brittany Jones Nutrition Group is a weight inclusive practice – but what does that mean?
Simply put it means that we believe that health is not defined by your weight.
A person in a small body is not always healthier than a person in a larger body – and a larger person is not always unhealthier than a person in a smaller body. In fact evidence shows that taking a weight-focused approach in which someone puts a focus on weight loss and dieting can be harmful to ones health, often times resulting in disordered eating and/or eating disorders among other health conditions.
We appreciate that bodies come in all shapes, sizes, and weights. We work with our clients to improve their health by focusing on behaviors regardless of their weight. We provide respectful and compassionate care of people in all body type, shapes, sizes, and weights.
Our approach to a healthy lifestyle takes the focus away from weight and instead focuses on health promoting behaviors to improve health including:
- A healthy relationship with food without restriction
- Eating a variety of foods that provide nutrition + enjoyment
- Being mindful and flexible while managing your chronic disease through food
- Trusting your body to tell you when you are hungry and satisfied
- Giving yourself permission to eat all foods
- Eating regular meals and snacks
- Feeling safe around all foods (i.e. being able to keep all foods in the house without a binge)
- Moving your body in a way to celebrate it rather than punish for something you ate or control your size
- Learning to accept your body and take good care of it – knowing that all people are of value regardless of size, shape, or weight
We believe that the weight you are when practicing these behaviors is the healthiest weight for you.
Our body size is often influenced by many factors outside of our control including genetics, income, education, social support, where you live, work, and play. NOTE this weight cannot be told to you by a health care provider or a BMI scale.
Still not sure about this approach? Below we de-bunk some common weight focused myths:
MYTH #1 Weight is the best measure of health. “Overweight” or “obese” mean unhealthy and “normal weight” means healthy.
FACT: BMI does not tell us about individual health and it doesn’t recognize that healthy bodies come in many shapes, sizes, and weights. Health can exist in diverse bodies and BMI was created to be used in groups of white males in a research setting. You are not that.
Your risk for disease depends more on your lifestyle than your body weight. Factors like genetics, income, and stress can influence disease. For example, heart disease and diabetes affect people of ALL weights. People of all sizes benefit from activities that support their health such as eating a variety of food to support disease, moving in a joyful way, and managing stress.
MYTH #2 The best way to improve health is by losing weight
FACT: Studies (and our dietitians 35+ years of cumulative experience in this field) show that restrictive diet and exercise programs poorly affect mental and physical health. Research also shows the more you diet the more you weigh.
Dieting has been associated with:
- An increase in weight
- Muscle loss
- Bone loss
- Increase in blood pressure
- Increased risk of eating disorders
- Body image issues/body dysmorphia
MYTH #3: “If I’m not actively trying to control my weight, I’ll gain a lot of weight and worsen my health”
FACT: People can improve their health and manage chronic disease without a focus on weight loss. In fact, people who do not focus on weight loss tend to have better mental health, lower stress, a better body image, and a better quality of life while managing their health. When we focus on health promoting behaviors our body settles at it’s healthy weight – sometimes that’s less than you are now, sometimes it’s more, and sometimes it’s the same. We need to give our body the opportunity to figure out what is healthy for you without trying to manage it through dieting and non-joyful exercise.
MYTH #4 I’ll just diet to lose the weight quick and then focus on maintaining.
FACT: More than 95% of weight loss attempts do not lead to long-term weight loss or health improvements. In fact, most people who lose weight on a diet will gain it back +5% more within two years. Because of this trend, dieting is actually a better predictor of weight gain than weight loss.
- Sick of losing the weight and gaining it back?
- Sick of hearing about weight loss drugs and surgeries?
- Do you just want to be healthy and not focus as much on the scale?