Its the new year and we’re sure there’s something familiar on most of our resolution lists.
Thats right, every year we promise ourselves to get healthier, whether in eating better, dieting or exercising.
Sneakily and surely however, a new kind of national diet exhaustion has set in: Although the number of overweight women is increasing, the percentage of them who are trying to lose weight has decreased, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Women quit. They’re done.
And anyone who has dieted can tell you why: The psychological burden that comes with constantly trying to restrict, to calorie-count, to pursue a thinner you, is utterly draining. And, ironically, it’s holding you back from actually shedding those pounds.
“We all need a detox from this unhealthy relationship with food and the restrict-binge-guilt cycle that comes with it,” Alpert says. We couldn’t agree more.
At WH, we know the crucial role eating healthily plays in a person’s overall well-being—and that some of you do want to lose extra pounds. But we’ve also reached a landmark cultural moment, a new way of thinking that dares us to embrace a healthy lifestyle while also loving our bodies.
Here, then, is your permission to go “weight-less”—to drop the strain of letting a number on a scale dictate your self-worth or gobble up all your brain space.
Make yourself these research-backed promises to remove the mental pressure of weight loss, and get healthier and mentally—and, yes, probably physically—lighter in the long run.
Start slowly, without the pressure of instantly seeing your weight drop drastically. Learn to be realistic about your health.
Eat well, move more and feel healthily without scrutinising your weighing scale at every moment.