Did you know that it’s International No Diet Day on 6th May? There’s a day for everything isn’t there? International No Diet Day is our favourite. INDD (as it’s known) aims to celebrate body acceptance and raise awareness about the dangers of dieting.
Although I feel quite militant about getting women to ditch the diets, marching down the street burning diet books isn’t my thing. A few years ago we celebrated with a Tea Party. Together with 200 Beyond Chocolaters from across the land we ate cake and celebrated being free from the hopelessness of dieting. We celebrated freedom from food and weight obsession; freedom from binging, comfort eating, emotional eating, restriction and deprivation.
If the idea of ditching the diets feels a bit ‘cold turkey’ then here’s an idea: go on a weight loss holiday. You don’t have to wait until No Diet Day, start today!
So what’s a weight loss holiday? Going on a weight loss holiday means taking a break from weight loss. It means deciding, right now, that until May 7th you are putting the scales away and giving priority to exploring your relationship with food and your body instead. It makes sense if you think about it: weight is the symptom. It is the result of overeating and overeating is the inevitable consequence of dieting.
When we stop dieting and focusing on the weight and start taking investing in having a healthy, balanced relationship with food, something magic happens. We feel happy and in control about what we eat and how we look and we stop overeating. And when we stop overeating, we lose weight.
It’s funny how it happens, I’ve experienced it first hand and seen it happen to many women. Somehow, when you stop focusing all your energy on trying to lose weight – when you let go of it – it lets go of you.