With 2021 around the corner, chances are you're thinking about your new year's resolutions. At the top of the list for many is losing weight, exercising more, and eating healthier. And if you've recently been through a divorce, getting a revenge body might be the single, most important factor to spite your ex. However, it may not help you feel better about yourself the way you hope it will.
What is a Revenge Body?
The term "revenge body" is not new, but it has gained popularity since Khloe Kardashian created the reality TV show with the same moniker. It featured people who experienced breakups or hardships who were challenged to shed weight quickly to enact "revenge" against the people who wronged them.
You might be nodding along as you read this, searching highlights from the show in another tab, relating to these people's heartbreak, and hoping to get back at your ex by following suit. Although the show boasts empowerment, the term can foster a toxic relationship with you and your body. Before you commit to this, ask yourself who you're doing this for.
Beware of the Revenge Body Concept
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best physical version of yourself, but if you're only changing your body to get back at someone else, you are heading down a potentially dangerous path. You are spending your time and energy on getting revenge for someone else, but you lose in the end because you are letting another person dictate your life and body. How can you move on from your relationship when they are the motivating factor behind changing your appearance?
Instead, change your perspective and focus on how you can empower yourself after your divorce. If you are committed to getting healthier to be happier and stronger, and weight loss happens to be a contributing factor, then go for it!