Slowly, stealthily, a 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.
How? 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.