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Health Goals Are More Important Than Weight-Loss Goals

Most dysregulated eaters find it difficult to give up weight-loss goals, even when they know intellectually that this pursuit, per se, is not the strongest motivator for becoming a “normal” eater. What  about you? What if you could enjoy greater mental and physical health benefits yet your weight stayed the same or didn’t drop as much as you’d like?
An article in Obesity, “Mindfulness-based stress reduction in women with overweight or obesity: A randomized clinical trial,” (by Raja-Khan, Katrina Agito, Julie Shah, Christy M. Stetter, Theresa S. Gustafson, Holly Socolow, Allen R. Kunselman, Diane K. Reibel, and Richard S. Legro, abstract, 7 Jul 2017, DOI: 10.1002/oby.21910, accessed 7/21/17, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/oby.21910/abstract) concludes that a trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBS) in higher weight women “improved mindfulness, significantly decreased perceived stress,” and that “there was significant reduction in fasting glucose.” However, the study saw no change in women’s weight.
In “6 Scenarios Where Intentionally Changing Your Weight Doesn’t Make Sense – Even If You Think It Does” (7/17/17, Every Day Feminism, accessed 7/21/17, http://everydayfeminism.com/2017/07/changing-weight-makes-no-sense/) Judith Matz, LCSW points to the positive changes that can happen from “normal” eating and a health focus even without weight loss. Here are some she mentions: improved glucose numbers for those who have diabetes, feeling less shame because you’re taking better care of your body, and decreasing high cholesterol.
By improving your health and your relationship with food, you can also expect:
  • To feel increased pride in your self-care abilities. You can feel good about how you now care for yourself in comparison with how you used to do so. You’ll have a sense of achievement and pride which may move you forward in other areas of life as well.
  • To strengthen your sense of empowerment in charting your own course. You will feel less powerless and helpless and believe that you are capable of making many changes in your life that you previously thought impossible or too difficult.
  • To increase your self-esteem because you’re doing what you set out to do years or decades ago, that is, be the best care-taker of your mind/body that you can be. This rise in self-esteem will also increase feelings of self-worth.
Consider that you could have all of the above even if you don’t lose weight. Start focusing on these possibilities and results and quit thinking about the scale. This doesn’t mean that you won’t lose weight, only that you’re not focusing on it as a goal.
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