I have done this so many times in the past, and every single time I felt anxious or frustrated because I did not get the results I was looking for until I stopped watching what other people did. So here are 4 GOOD reasons why you should stop too.
Reason #1 Your goals are different from everyone else’s.
Maybe your goal is to build muscle or maybe it is to lose body fat. What you eat will have to be specific to those goals of yours, therefore, focusing on what others eat will not help you reach your goals. Find your needs instead of trying something that will probably not work for you. Also remember that every body is different and what works for someone might not work for you and vice versa.
Reason #2 You can create a bad relationship with food if you don’t already have one.
These kinds of videos can create an unhealthy relationship with food and can cause self-consciousness, distress and anxiety regarding food. Especially if you have an ED (eating disorder) or recovering from one, you probably want to stay away from these videos since it can be a dangerous trigger.
Reason #3 You start overthinking and getting thoughts like “She is so fit and is eating that, does that mean I should also be eating that to look like her?”
If you aren’t already doing so, you may start to compare yourself with others. We are so tuned in with different kinds of media such as Instagram accounts, health/wellness magazines and articles that it becomes very easy to fall into the comparison table- which is unhealthy. I truly believe these thoughts are unnecessary. We already have things to worry about, why add one more?
Reason #4 You can start obsessing with what you eat.
Life is about enjoying food, not sacrificing yourself every time you are grabbing a bite. When you obsess about food you are creating an unhealthy connection with it. Trust me, I’ve been there, and it leads straight back to where you started. Creating a healthy connection with food sounds easy but for many it is a very difficult task, especially when our mindset is not aligned with the meaning of health.
My advice? Find what foods align with YOU. If you have specific goals don’t go to YouTube to watch “What I Eat in a Day” videos from your favorite fitness account. Instead, hire a professional that can help you find YOUR specific needs. Comparing yourself to what someone else eats will not solve your problem. Remember this is part of staying healthy.