I, like many people out there, used to tell myself that I’d be happier, more successful, more confident, and more in love…if I just lost weight. Even though my former mode of thinking seems unreasonable today, many people get caught up in the myth that losing X amount of pounds will fix every problem in our lives—our personal relationships, career, self-esteem, finances, and more!
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While losing a bit of weight may help some folks improve overall health and wellness and translate to better sleep, better mood, and more energy—weight loss is not the answer to everything, nor the key to happiness. Here are six life aspects that weight loss won’t fix…
Myth 1: Thinner People are Happier
The myth that thinner people are happier is an utter fantasy, according to Massachusetts-based Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Terese Weinstein Katz, who’s worked with patients dealing with binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia for over 20-years.
In her book, Eat Sanely: Get Off The Diet Roller Coaster For Good, Dr. Katz explains that while losing weight might improve your overall health (including some boost to energy and mood) and give you a sense of invincibility at the start—it won’t fix every negative thing in your life—and that can come with major disillusionment and disappointment.