Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels: Agree or Disagree?

October 26, 2012 · 8 comments


Do you remember when Kate Moss said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” about three years ago? My friends and I heard this and just kind of silently nodded in unison. (At the time, we were also yo-yo dieting and living off of $1 pizza slices.) Now, as a health coach and someone who wants to help as many people as possible quit dieting forever, I’m aware that I should probably be completely appalled with this statement. But, would you judge me if I told you I’m not?

Let me explain. I suppose what I really mean to say is, I don’t think there’s anything better than the feeling I have when I’m at my very best…when I’m making consistently healthy food choices, working out hard, not giving in to emotional eating impulses—and yes—just a few pounds lighter. And admittedly, when people comment that my skin is glowing or that I’m looking slim, I can’t help but to smile. A lot. (Really, who doesn’t like compliments?) Plus, isn’t it nice when you can make a wardrobe decision based on what you want to wear—not on what fits or what can hide a certain body part? Or what about when you start the week off feeling light and energized, not lethargic and bloated from binge eating over the weekend? It’s awesome!


Ok, you get my point. The purpose of this post is not to drudge up a myriad of serious issues like body image and eating disorders. I just want to take a new perspective on something that, initially, seems…well, horrible. My personal takeaway from this topic is realizing the impact that mindful eating practices have on weight loss. I have experienced the benefits first hand. Think about it: Is a nightly bowl of ice cream, a handful (or two) of Wheat Thins or even an extra scoop of peanut butter straight from the jar really worth what it could cost you to feel and look your best? Always, always ask yourself that question, no matter how small the indulgence seems. Even if it’s just taking nibbles of the pizza crust your boyfriend left on his plate. ;)

Switch your mindset from: “It’s the weekend, I deserve a treat!” to “Those chocolate chip cookies look good, but do I really want them?” (If you do, by all means.) Always take a minute to slow down and pause—developing that habit could just make the difference between becoming the person you want to be…and not. Don’t focus on how yummy something will taste; zero in on what your goals are and if making a certain food choice is in line with achieving them. I mean, c’mon, we already know that a cookie is never going to taste bad!

I really don’t know if anything tastes as good as the confidence I have when I’m feeling fantastic. Cupcakes, however, just may be an exception to this rule. I rarely eat them, but when I do, I never regret it!

Tell me: Agree or Disagree: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels?” My definition of “skinny,” not a supermodel’s. What are your “worth-it” foods? I think I’ll add pumpkin pancakes to my list!

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haveyourcakeand October 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

I understand where you’re coming from but I’m going to have to respectfully disagree. I believe in moderation and balance. You should never deprive yourself of something. If there’s a cupcake sitting on the table in front of you, and you want to eat it, telling yourself straight-up “NO” is deprivation. You can limit yourself by cutting a small piece and walking away. The main reason I disagree is because this “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is very often a “thinspiration” quote for those engulfed in disordered eating, and your definition of skinny is in a healthier mindset than most. Mindful eating is not just saying no to whats “bad” and eating whats “good”, it’s listening to your mind and body in combination.


Wannabe Health Nut October 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

@haveyourcakeand Thanks for the comment. I whole-heartedly agree with moderation and balance. (Hello, froyo addict right here, haha!) I actually believe that indulgences can HELP the weight loss process. I think we are more like-minded than you think. :)


elrhoads October 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

Ellen – first I love your blog; it’s a daily read for me.  Second – and I hate to say it, but I do agree with this statement.  At my unhealthiest point in college (It’s Liz from Clemson) I was eating one Lean Cuisine and a small bag of fat free pretzels a day; but what’s weird is that I was probably the happiest I’ve ever felt, which may have been manifesting itself from the opposite extreme – who knows!  Anyway, I was the skinniest I’ve been, got the least amount of sleep, but was getting the best grades and felt the happiest.  Probably along with the eating problem I was experiencing the mental aspects with it.  But, what I’m trying to say is that I GET what Kate Moss is saying and why she’s saying it.  And also, she must feel that way to continue to get a paycheck…she was the poster child for ‘heroin chic’, right?!  Now, as a 30ish woman, it’s more about balance and I tend to, like you, treat myself when necessary but also hold back if it’s something I won’t REALLY enjoy.  All in moderation, but I catch what Miss Moss is saying….xo


Wannabe Health Nut October 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

@elrhoads Hey, Liz! Great to hear from you. I’m glad that you get where I am coming from here. Although I have to say, I would never want to go back to my Lean Cuisine and pretzel-eating days! I used to think I was so healthy with those habits, but I was also 15 pounds heavier (and enjoying life a lot less) back then. Cheers to making indulgences count!


ShannonSHinson October 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I think I disagree with the “skinny” part of the quote. “Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels”, or “nothing tastes as good as fit feels” may be better. Because I totally get what you are saying.
I was joking with a coworker the other day about how our monthly office birthday cake was some crummy chocolate cake with white icing. Normally it is a cookie cake (yum), but this month it was blah. She said, “Yeah, it’s not worth the calories,” and passed on it. Making decisions like that are just part of a healthy lifestyle. Think about when you would party it up as a youngin’ – is one more drink or beer’s worth of “fun” tonight going to be worth the hangover tomorrow? Likely not. “A shot of tequila is not as fun as not vomiting feels” doesn’t really roll of the tongue, but it embraces the idea that our choices today have an effect tomorrow.


Wannabe Health Nut October 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

@ShannonSHinson Yes, Shannon, I agree. If you can get past the “skinny” part and really look at the broader meaning of this quote, then I think it makes sense. And I like your beer analogy…if only I had followed that advice years ago!


imagekat October 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Ellen, this was the best article ever.  You said it so well. I think I might even have to print it out and post on my refrig! Thanks


Wannabe Health Nut October 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

@imagekat Awesome!!!


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