10 Reasons NOT to Focus on Your Weight in the New Year

December 30, 2014 10:04 PM

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1. It likely won't be different this time, and this is not your fault. Diets fail because they do not work sustainably over time. They, by design, give rise to perfectionism and promote superhuman expectations. They lead to distrust of our own strength and personal power when they fail. Dieting supports a cultural illusion that weight loss leads to happiness and health. Honestly, for most people, weight loss just tends to lead to more worry about weight re-gain. We love what Anne Lamott has to say about her experience with this: "We have to talk. I know you are planning to start a diet next Thursday. I used to start diets, too. I hated to mention this to my then-therapist. She would say cheerfully, 'Oh, that's great, honey. How much weight are you hoping to gain?'"

2. When your diet fails and disappoints, you can end up in a cycle of self-blame, comparison and disconnection from yourself. The personal stress generated from a lack of self-love can seep into every part of your life and affect your overall sense of competence. It's insidious. The dieting mind cau...

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