Why I’m Resolving NOT To Diet in 2018

On New Years Eve 2009, I made a resolution that I had made countless times before: lose weight. It was a ritual that I went through nearly every year, beating myself up for having gained weight and determined to have a fresh, clean, and thinner start to the New Year. Little did I know what 2010 would have in store for me, for that was the year that I discovered a secret hidden world that diet culture had blinded me to. At a mindful eating training and retreat—which was ironically steeped in weight loss messages and calorie counting—I met a group of women who introduced me to the Health At Every Size® movement and for the first time I opened my eyes to the radical idea that dieting may actually be the problem, not the solution as I had previously believed. It’s been nearly 10 years since then and I’ve since developed my own mindfulness-based program—which is neither about weight loss nor calorie counting—called The Anti-Diet Plan. Now I have a different New Year’s ritual. Each New Year’s Eve, I resolve NOT to diet for the upcoming year and set an intention to do my best in helping others off the diet-overeating rollercoaster.

January can be a difficult month, with all of the New Year, New (thinner) You messaging. If this is typically a time that you start a new diet (or “lifestyle change” which is usually just a diet rebranded), consider taking a different path this year. We don’t need a diet plan to be our best selves; hell, maybe we already are our best selves but just need an extra sprinkling of self-compassion and love to nurture it. So, will you join me in making 2018 a diet-free year?

Start by taking The Anti-Diet Plan’s No Diet Pledge and sign up for my FREE 30-Day The Anti Diet Plan introductory course to start 2018 diet-free. If you live in the NYC area, email me alexis@drconason.com for information about my in-person 9-week The Anti-Diet Plan course starting in early January.

The Anti-Diet Plan 2018 No Dieting Pledge

In 2018, I resolve NOT to diet.  I will NOT spend my valuable time, money, and emotional resources to fund the over $60 billion weight loss industry that feeds off of my low self-worth. I will NO LONGER be convinced that I am a failure because my diet has failed me. I recognize that diets DO NOT work. The most predictable outcomes of dieting are weight gain, disordered eating, and emotional distress. I will NOT judge my self-worth by the number on a scale but by the quality of my person, the things that I do, and the way in which I live my life.

In 2018, I WILL strive to accept my body in its current shape and size. Because this is the body that I am living in and no amount of hating myself will change that fact. From acceptance comes nurturance and from nurturance comes health and healing. I recognize that healthy bodies come in a diverse range of shapes and sizes. Health is NOT determined by weight, but by how we nourish our body through self-care, nutrition, and physical movement. In 2018, I WILL strive to honor and care for this body that I was given to the best of my ability by listening, trusting, and respecting my body.

Dr. Alexis Conason is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of psychological issues related to bariatric surgery, overeating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, and sexual issues. She is the founder of The Anti-Diet Plan, a mindfulness based program to help you stop dieting and start eating in attunement with your body. Sign up for her free The Anti-Diet Plan 30-day starter course today. Follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Dr. Alexis Conason

Dr. Alexis Conason

Dr. Alexis Conason is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. Her office is conveniently located on the border between the Upper East Side and Midtown East neighborhoods of Manhattan. She specializes in the treatment of overeating disorders, body image, and psychological issues related to bariatric surgery. She also treats people struggling with sexual functioning, depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, relationship issues, and other psychological issues. Please contact her to see if she can help you.

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