Ah January. A time of reflection and inspiration.
Buckle up, my friends!
Unfortunately, it's also the time of year when you are assaulted around the clock with ads from companies trying to get you to pay money to be smaller or a different shape, when it feels like everybody around you is resolving that this will be the year they will lose the weight, when the kale is sold out and the cookies are thrown out, and when it seems all anybody can talk about anywhere is weight loss and the desire to alter bodies.
It's a LOT of pressure and the siren call of weight loss is strong.
I have such compassion for those struggling with the temptation to get on the diet bandwagon this time of year. The effects of weight stigma are no joke and when you are constantly getting the message that if you were smaller, you'd be happier, more successful, more likable, and attract the partner of your dreams, it's pretty hard to resist. Plus, the unspoken message is that you aren't good enough as is, which is a pretty crappy feeling that nobody wants to have. It's only natural to want to try to do what you think will make you good enough. Perhaps you think, "THIS is the year I will get serious about it and finally lose the weight."
However, diets are a bad idea no matter how you look at it. Here are ten of the biggest reasons to resolve to get off the diet merry-go-round this year.
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