Snarky, sane, smart and down-to-earth weight loss support?
April 12, 2011 8:43 AM Subscribe
I want a weight loss community for people like me.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a woman in my twenties. I'm not "shedding for the wedding", "losing my baby bump" or trying to earn that bikini body. I don't take advice from Cosmo, I don't overthink every single little thing I eat and freak out in my journal about it. I probably smoke too much weed and I definitely overdo it on the alcohol when it comes to maintaining a diet. I have a sense of humor about body issues and know that it's a constant lifestyle change rather than a quickie diet. I've had major success already, but need to lose about fifty more pounds until I get to the highest end of "normal" on the BMI. I'm not doing P90X, South Beach, the Insanity Workout, Couch to 5k, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Atkins or any other diet or routine with a buzzname. I'm simply not eating like a pig and the food I do inhale needs to be rich but healthy. My resources involve reading food labels, watching portion sizes and not falling into the disordered-eating trap of playing tricks on my brain to eat less.
But I'm missing a support group. I tried Weight Watchers and my local branch as well as the online support groups were packed to the gills with insecure, dramatic 18pt pink Comic Sans and smiley-infected messages about how the author ate ten too many M&Ms and fell off the wagon. Fatsecret, Livestrong and similar sites are no better. /r/loseit comes close to what I'm looking for, but there's too much noise and boys-club-style posturing there.
What I'm looking for is the Metafilter of weight loss communities or perhaps even the Jezebel/Hairpin of weight loss communities. Snarky, sane, smart and down-to-earth people (preferably women, since we deal with unique perspectives on weight) looking for answers, discussing issues, giving support and generally keeping the world updated on their weight loss journey.
Does this kind of a community exist? It's hard to regularly cover the topic of "weight loss" without being shoved into the pseudoscientific, diet-industrial self-hate corner, but I know it can be done.