Being weight neutral
(not focusing obsessively on your weight) is a great way to improve
your body image and therefore your happiness and enjoyment in
life. Here are some reasons why you should become weight neutral
and focus less on the scale and more on how you feel!
1. Most people pick a weight and then try to
reach and maintain it but this usually doesn't work. Follow-up
studies of 2-5 years show almost everyone regains at least the
weight they lost if not more, regardless of treatment. Therefore,
it is not a good idea to focus on the numbers on the scale when
deciding to get healthy.
2. Weight loss promoters promise a better life. But trying
to reach a specific number on the scale leaves you vulnerable
to hazardous weight practices. It makes you pay attention to the
wrong thing: While your eye is on the scale, your hair could be
falling out, your friendships straining, your concentration shot.
This is the process to reach a "healthy" weight? Why
not go for the better life by working directly on the things that
matter to you and let your weight do whatever it does?
3. If you are not "weight neutral," you might be
perpetuating the myth that you can "read" a person's
character from the size of her body. This is a form of prejudice
in which we are all well-schooled. You might be perpetuating this
myth on yourself as well, associating "good" traits
with thinness and the "bad" ones with fatness. In fact,
all of us are capable of a whole range of behaviors regardless
of our sizes.
4. Weight neutrality frees up all the money you spend on
attempts to change weight. Go ahead and add it up: How much have
you spent on diets, diet products, multiple wardrobes in different
sizes, clothes that you've never worn, hardly used gym memberships,
and so on?
5. Weight neutrality frees up all the time and energy you
spend on attempts to change weight. Think about all the obsessing
about weight (for yourself and others) and think how you could
harness it for what really matters.
6. Being weight neutral allows you to "keep your eyes
on the prize": Developing the skills you need to be resilient
and flexible in the face of life's demands and opportunities.
How effective a person are you allowing yourself to be if retaining
water ruins your day? How satisfying can such a day be to you?
7. It makes you feel free, free, free! Free of the industries
which want your money that promise to cure your insecurities that
don't really want to offer a product that works because then you
wouldn't keep coming back to spend more money to cure your insecurities.
. . you get the picture.
8. It allows you to appreciate the wonders of this body you
9. It allows you to appreciate the wonders of other people
whose bodies are not "perfect."
10. It's more fun. Free your body and your mind will follow
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