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Stop Talking About Your “Summer Bod” Diets

Yes, we get it. It’s warming up outside, and summer is so close you can taste it. But the “summer bod” craze is too much. It promotes unhealthy eating habits, body image issues, and money scams for you to buy into weird “diet trick” products. 

Let me start this off by saying I do not have a “perfect body.” I’m a collegiate athlete, which means I have big muscular legs. I don’t have a thigh gap or perfect sized boobs, and I definitely don’t have abs. I, too, struggle with wanting to have a beach-ready body and to feel fully confident in a bikini.

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to do some weird diet so when people see me on the beach they go “damn okay that random girl over there looks thin! She’s been workin’ on her summer bod.” First of all, you shouldn’t care what strangers think about you on the beach. You should want to lose weight for yourself and not for others. Second, you need to maintain healthy eating habits. You shouldn’t nearly starve yourself on some random diet you found online so that you can look good in a bikini. It’s unhealthy mentally and physically to become obsessed with wanting a perfect summer bod. 

As long as you’re comfortable in your own skin and like the way you look, who the hell cares what anyone else has to say? And if you are trying to lose weight or want to, do it in a healthy manner. If you’re hungry – EAT! Don’t skip out on essential nutrients from your diet. Don’t cut carbs out altogether, for example, because they are an integral part of maintaining a healthy diet. Instead, eat in moderation or portion out certain foods. And exercise for crying out loud! You can’t expect to lose weight by just changing what you eat. Go for a run or do a home workout video. I do a 10-minute ab workout video at home, and I’m not ashamed to admit I love working out at my “home gym” (aka I’m too lazy to get a real gym membership and I workout at home). 

All of this is a dragged out way of saying that you should be confident in your own skin and shouldn’t have to lose weight to impress others. Do it because you want to lose the weight for yourself, look in the mirror and say “damn I’m hot.”

Jordyn Kamis

Muhlenberg '21

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