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Why Noom is the Worst Diet Trend of 2021

Let’s be real: all diets are awful. Intentional restriction is unhealthy for the body, mind and spirit. A life spent fixated on food rules and self-criticism is a small life. Dieting is associated with a whole host of negative psychological and physical health outcomes including eating disorders and disordered eating, body image dissatisfaction, and weight

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Why Giving Up On Emotional Eating Will Not Help You Lose Weight

Are you someone who indulges in emotional eating? But now, you are looking to stop it, because you feel it will help you lose weight? Heal your relationship with food! And lose weight too! These are the claims that many programs focused on treating emotional eating make. And it’s easy to understand why. It’s enticing, right?

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Lizzo’s Body is Nobody’s Business But Her Own

Last week the internet erupted over comments that Jillian Michaels, former host of The Biggest Loser and well-known fatphobe, made about Lizzo, a larger-bodied black female artist who has been making waves in the hip-hop community for over a year now. Lizzo’s music is often hailed as some of the best pump up, body-positive jams

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Please Don’t Put Your Kids on a Diet

Dear Parents, Please do not put your children on a diet. As a parent myself, I get it. We want the best for our kids. We worry about our children. When we think that there could be something wrong with our child, we want to do whatever we can to fix it. That’s what being

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Why Mindful Eating is not a Weight Loss Plan

Can mindful eating help me lose weight? Maybe, but we’re missing the forest for the trees. Mindful eating isn’t a weight-loss tool, and I’m here to tell you why. I believe that mindful eating is an excellent tool to add to your arsenal when trying to change your relationship with food. I use it with

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Why “Curing” Emotional Eating Isn’t Necessarily Going to Make You Thin (And Why It Really Doesn’t Matter)

Heal your relationship with food! And lose weight too! These are the claims that many programs focused on treating emotional eating make. And it’s easy to understand why. It’s enticing, right? The problem is, it’s not always true. When I see this kind of marketing, I can’t help but feel like it’s diet-culture-in-disguise capitalizing on

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How to Welcome Spring with a Body-Positive Attitude

Warm weather is arriving! And while visions of al fresco dining, pool floats, and frozen daiquiris can make us giddy with excitement, for those of us struggling with body image issues (and research shows that is over 91% of us), the thought of baring more of our bodies can send shivers down our spines. All

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How To Care For Yourself After A Binge

Your head feels fuzzy and your stomach feels like it’s about to burst. The cabinets are strewn open, and the wrappers surround you like a halo. The shame and guilt builds inside of your chest, and the panic about how to fix it send your brain into a tizzy. You’ve binged. You probably want to

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Be Your Own Valentine This February

Valentine’s Day itself may be over, but the month of festivities is still in full swing. Here’s your reminder that the most important Valentine is you! Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but themessaging around this month of love is still alive and well. As a psychologist, I hear all too often about how frustrating this

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Why we can’t look away from before-and-after pictures

Some professionals are convinced that progress pictures and before-and-after photos are not a positive thing. Alexis Conason is a clinical psychologist in New York City who specializes in overeating disorders, body image, and psychological issues related to bariatric surgery and who offers a program called the Anti-Diet Plan. Read Article Here

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