Top of many people’s health goals is weight loss. The problem with this is that this perfectly useful measure of health has been corrupted by the diet and beauty industries, who have injected harsh unrealistic expectations into the mix, along with a nice toxic dose of body shame.

Rebel Wilson’s story around her weight loss departs from virtually every other celeb’s yo yo dieting, and she has a lot to teach us about the difference between toxic perfectionism and effective health goals.

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There are two distinct reasons that I am guessing that underlie Rebel’s sustainable weight change 

Firstly, she had a deeper motivation than externals. She announced her year if health during lockdown, but even deeper than that was her infertility issues. This made her immune to the self-doubt (and consequent binge eating) that dieting to drop a dress size or more often triggers.

Secondly, she started this process with a different relationship with her body from virtually everyone else. Fat was her brand, her bread and butter. 

Journaling for this topic:

Write down all the reasons you have to lose weight. Now put them in order of internal importance. For example, if you have written ‘to ease joint pain’ and then ‘to fit into my favourite dress’ then easing joint pain must come before the dress, because it impacts your life on a deeper level. Think health, think ease of movement, think what else you could do that you cannot nowadays.

Now look at the top and bottom reasons and notice if your motivation has shifted. Do you feel any better focusing on the most important item? Who else benefit from you easing this problem?

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