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Go Out Without Makeup?

Ellen ShumanIn the car for three and a half hours driving home from Christmas festivities, I heard Colbie Caillat’s song “Try”, twice. As I listened, it brought to mind her music video—where she and all these women take off their makeup, on camera. It always makes me cry.

Alone in the car, I had some time to think about that..

Go out without makeup, without covering up the dark circles under my eyes…and the occasional chin blemish I still get?  (Tina Fey calls it “Ch’acne”–short for Chin Acne–hearing it’s so normal that Tina Fey gave it a nickname made me feel so much better!)

I’m one of those people who hasn’t left her house in decades without under eye concealer and face makeup. I couldn’t find one single picture of me without makeup (don’t know how to get a selfie from my phone to this website,or I would have posted one here, I swear!)

Wow! On the drive home I realized that, while I’ve done a lot of work toward body acceptance, apparently I left my face out of that picture. Why is that?  Could that be the direct result of all those years of being told, “You have such a pretty face, if you’d only lose some weight…”? So, somewhere along the way did I decide the “face” had to be “prepared” and maximized to compensate for perceived body deficits? Or is it just pure vanity… or fear…getting worse as I age and lose any/all currency related to youth and appearance?

In 2014, I take some credit for not wearing eye shadow and mascara when I’ve run errands. And I only did my eyes twice during Christmas week. And, funny, nothing bad happened :-). Next, I think I’ll experiment with no facial foundation. How scary could that be???

Thank you, Colbie Cailatt. I love your video and I am going to take your advice and Try, Try, Try…

Anybody else have thoughts or issues about going out without makeup? Would love to read your comments…share below…

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I’m Ellen Shuman and I am a work in progress, just like everyone else I know! I am also a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. I founded A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, and Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). I am a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and I started the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. Questions? Get in touch with me, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Body Shame; Give it Back!

Body ShameI cried as I watched the video posted below…for all the times in my life when I felt body shame; because I had decided one part of my body or another was not thin enough, not sexy enough, my breasts not perky enough, upper arms too fat for sleeveless shirts and dresses, my legs not shapely enough for shorts, too tall, hips and thighs too wide, stomach too protruding, posture not good enough, hair not straight or shiny enough, nose too big (plastic surgery on that one), ankles too thick, toes ugly in sandals, head too small on my large body and neck not long enough to wear pretty scarves, face too long, ears too big, teeth not white enough or perfectly straight.

You get the picture? I decided my “imperfect parts” made me less than everyone else, unacceptable in a thin-obsessed word, unloveable…all of which, ironically, drove me to more emotional eating.

But it wasn’t the whole picture!  I was taking my body, one disembodied part at a time, and vilifying it. Body dissatisfaction; body shame was a habit that started for me as I watched my mother do the same. Body shame is learned.  It grew to be a habit that distracted me from my life and from more interesting gifts and pursuits on which I could have been focused.

Today I know I am so much more interesting and am of much greater value than even the sum of my individual parts and my outward appearance…and so are you!

I hope you’ll watch this video and share what it evokes in you?

What did you feel as you watched? Leave a comment below…

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I, Ellen Shuman, am in recovery from Body Shame! I’m also a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome negative body image, emotional eating and binge eating. I am the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size“. Have a question or need help. Please get in touch…ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

I Love My Body; One Woman’s Spiritual Journey to Acceptance

People ask me what recovery looks like. Here’s an example; the experience of the courageous Audrey MacKnight, in her own words…

Love Your Body, Walk the Camino

Audrey on The Camino

On Jan 1, 2014, I made a New Year’s decision (after a serious night of celebration!) to join a friend of mine on a pilgrimage in Spain on the Camino de Santiago. After seeing the movie “The Way” I was very inspired. I asked my husband if he thought I would be able to make such a journey. I am a 51 year old woman who had never back-packed or hiked anywhere and who, in the past, would have been much more likely to make a New Year’s Resolution about losing 60 pounds!

Being his usual supporting loving self, he said, “You have 6 months to prepare… of course you can do it!” So I decided that if I was able to get on the same flight as the six other people planning to make the trek, then that would be a sign from God that I should go. I got a reservation on that flight. Gulp!

I ordered books about preparing for the Camino, consulted hiking experts, began buying necessary equipment; a backpack, boots, sleeping bag, etc., and started seeing how far I could walk. Initially, I started off with 2-3 mile journeys; building up to over 10 mile walks on the weekends.

I was about to participate in what I hoped would be one of the most spiritual experiences of my 51 years, but as the time grew closer, I became hyper focused on “weight”. All of the books I was reading stressed limiting the weight you had to carry – in your pack and on your body. I had lost about 15 pounds, just following the training routine and eating healthfully, but I became obsessed that I wasn’t taking weight off fast enough. It seemed the more I worried, the more my weight stayed the same or crept up. I guess that is the law of attraction at work. You attract what you think about most; good or bad.

In the weeks leading up to the trip I just had this broken record in my head that said, ” I’m too fat to make this hike in Spain…it’s crazy, people will laugh at me.” I’d wake up every morning in fear that I would not be able to keep up with the group. Would they be annoyed with me for slowing them down or would they leave me behind? Would I be humiliated? Would they look at me and think this doughy middle-aged woman has no business making such a journey? My anxiety got so high, I seriously considered cancelling my trip. I didn’t want to face the possibility of ridicule or failure. But I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime because of fear, either…

Four days before my departure I decided to reach out to Ellen Shuman. She had always been a trusted advisor and coach. I knew if anyone could talk me down from the emotional ledge I was perched on, it would be Ellen. I was so very glad she was able to find some time in her schedule to talk to me.

Initially, our phone call began with me trying to tell her all about my doubts and fears. Just a few minutes in she asked if I had some extra time that morning, and if so would I be willing to try something new; a brain-based technique that had the potential to alleviate my weight obsession and get me unstuck. I immediately agreed. It turned out to be so very fantastic!

She asked me to identify how I was feeling—and then how I wanted to see myself on this trip, instead. We agreed that what I wanted was absolutely possible and beneficial. Ellen then asked me to come up with an image that represented how I wanted to be on the walk. I visualized myself as a brook, bubbling and flowing over rocks and over any obstacle that presented itself; calmly and happily progressing on my journey. Instead of focusing on my worries, I thought of myself as prepared, capable and ready for this trip. I could vividly imagine what being in that Cathedral at the Pilgrim’s mass at the end of The Camino would be like.

Then she asked me to come up with a memory from my past; a time when I felt judged and ridiculed for being fat. I was surprised that a memory came up immediately. It was soon after I was married, on a trip with other couples. I recalled that I thought the other wives looked like “beauty queens”; much thinner than I. I felt shame when we had to give our weight to the guys renting us the jet skis. I weighed the most. Oddly, at the time I was a perfect size 8.

Ellen walked me through that memory in a way that, by the end, I couldn’t even remember why that incident had any negative emotion for me, whatsoever. I just remembered all the fun I had on the jet skis with those women. LOL, no one wanted me to get off the jet sky because I was “too fat”. In fact, the woman I was with on my jet ski, when offered the chance to change partners, said “no”. She was having too much fun with me to switch. But, I had previously remembered that day only with a great deal of shame, around my weight, and it was driving my anxiety about this upcoming trip, without me even knowing it.

Ellen explained to me that it was as if I had an old program open and running in my brain. It was affecting how my brain was working in prep for this new trip, even though I was not even aware that that old program and others like it were open and impacting me today. We closed that program, just like you can close an open program on a computer that’s causing memory issues! It was so amazing!

While I was actually making the hike on the Camino, my weight was the furthest thing from my mind. I smiled as the initial part of my walk took me past an actual bubbling brook and the positive images and words Ellen and I created to represent this trip repeating in my brain.

The trip turned out to be more of EVERYTHING I could have imagined. It was more difficult, more wonderful, more solitary, and more grueling. I hiked 128.9 kilometers (80 miles) of the 133.6 Kilometer journey in the first 5 days, carrying a 19 pound pack. WHEW! The longest day was 32 Kilometers/19.2 miles with temperatures reaching 102 degrees! The final 5.5 hours of that day was UP a mountain side! I thought I would need a portable defibrillator!

I did pretty well physically though. I got some blisters, but they didn’t keep me from finishing. The steep up hills and down hills are tough on the knees; so I was VERY proud to have made it, unscathed!

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela was one of the most moving experiences of my adult life. The cathedral there is one of the most sacred places for Christians (next to the Vatican and Jerusalem). I was moved to tears just being there. I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t stop crying for 30 minutes.

99.9% of the people I met along the way were AWESOME; the food was great, the accommodations were much better than I’d imagined (I was lucky to go with someone who’d made the journey before). Never has a vacation left me so depleted of negativity, spiritually energized and renewed–and grateful to be alive! I gained a different sort of perspective on the world and my place in it. I let go of all the trivial things that used to get me emotionally fired up and I pray I am able to continue to see the best in people and circumstances around me and in myself.

Ellen had always told me that healthy bodies come in all sizes and shapes. I now really deeply understand what she meant. I love my body; all size 16/18 of it! I thank God for my strong legs, healthy body, and fabulous curves. I saw lots of seemingly fit and thin people of all ages who were not able to finish the journey due to severe blisters on their feet, knee problems, sunburns, even broken bones from a fall. Carrying a bit more weight did not keep me from my destination, my journey; nor was it even important.

When I got back home, on the way to work, I turned on the radio in my car. The first conversation I heard was about what to eat for breakfast to be thin. It seemed so silly to me, I immediately turned it off.

Today, I fuel my body healthfully, work hard, and enjoy every moment of the day. I can’t stop smiling. When I talk about the trip to my family and friends, I am still moved to tears. I will never loathe my body or wish I were skinny, again, or step on a scale to help me assess my worth. Oddly, my clothes are fitting better every day. There’s that law of attraction again.

I encourage anyone who might read this to honestly love yourself and don’t postpone your life’s activities until the scale reads the magic number you’ve been longing for. I worked hard to get here (Ellen will tell you that’s so), but the destination is so worth the journey. I am so very grateful to Ellen Shuman for her wise counsel, innovative thinking, and ability to cut through the muck. Her use of this brain-based technique with me was precisely what I needed to clear the old memories out, along with the entrenched and false emotions tied to them. I made room for some fabulous new ones!

 

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Love Your Body

Love your body…sounds like such a foreign, unobtainable concept for so many of us. That makes me very sad.

What impact does hating our bodies, or select parts of it, have on our willingness to show up, to participate, to risk, to achieve, to connect with others, to love?

This comedian, Pete Holmes’, monologue made me laugh, and smile, and left me wondering why so few people speak this truth.

 

What do you think…and feel…when you watch this video? (Warning-some sexual references)

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Can You Embrace Your Body Image?

This video left me in tears. What an incredible shame it is that so many women (and more and more men) spend a lifetime loathing the body they inhabit.

I hope this photographer and mother of three, Taryn Brumfitt, raises the money she needs to get this film about improving body image made. It is so needed!

Do you struggle with your body image? How does this video make you feel? Please share your thoughts.

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Body Language Can Change How You Feel in Your Body

Several decades ago, I participated in a therapy group for eating disorders.  The esteemed psychologist running the group, Ann Kearney-Cooke, asked us to do an experiment I’ll never forget.

First, she asked us each to try to take up as much space in the room with our bodies as we possible could…and then to take note of how that felt. Next, she asked us to do the exact opposite; take up as little space in the room as possible.

At the time, I found trying to make my body as open and big as possible very scary…and quite enlightening. I hated it! I felt conspicuous, full of shame, terribly vulnerable, like I did not deserve to take up that much space in the world. As  remember that exercise, the experience left me questioning whether I felt I deserved to take up any space at all.

In part two of the exercise, when I switched to trying to feel small, as small as I could, I looked for a corner and when I couldn’t find a corner, I found a wall I could lean against. I sucked in my guy, hunched my shoulders, crossed my arms over my chest, tightly, aware that that impacted how well I could breathe. I crossed my legs and pulled in my backside and thighs, as much as I possibly could.  I immediately felt safer like this. This posture felt more familiar to me. Suddenly, I was aware that that was how I had been living my life…trying to be as small and inconspicuous a possible; a tough thing to do when you live in  a large body.

Yet, when I thought about it, I knew many people both bigger than I and much smaller than I, who were bigger than life. These people were leaders, knew how to command a room and respect everywhere they went.  It was their body language, not how much space they occupied in the room, that made the difference.

That therapy group experience came to mind last week when one of my coaching clients sent me a link to this  TED Talk, by Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on body language. Cuddy reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.  I thought this might be of great interest to anyone who still believes it their body shape or their weight that’s holding them back from being everything they’re capable of being; doing everything they’re meant to do in this world.

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

I Want to Lose Weight

I want to lose weight This is “Healthy Weight Week”!  Now sponsored by Green Mountain at Fox Run, “Healthy Weight Week is an educational event to help change public perception that weight determines health and that dieting is a viable health solution.”

Oh, if I had a dollar for every time in my life I’ve said, “ I want to lose weight. If I could just lose this weight, I’d be happy ”. Add another 50 cents for every time I felt pressured (Mom, you know who you are) and was told I “should” want to lose weight, I’d be rich!

We’re all bombarded with the messages daily; some overt, some covert….thin equals pretty. Diet commercials encourage me to “Say hello to my new beginning”. Why? Because my current life isn’t worth living if I happen to live at a higher weight than a Victoria’s Secret model? I’m to emulate some now bikini-worthy celebrity who was paid a million plus dollars to live on meal replacements? Or I’m to substitute Special K Cereal products for two of three meals a day, so I can “lose up to 6 lbs. in two weeks”?

A weight loss segment on Good Morning America ends with the two seemingly intelligent women anchors spontaneously saying, in unison, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. Then, they high five each other and laugh, as if they have just chanted their battle cry, and they’re winning. My hair salon was promoting its hair products and these words were on the cover of the brochure, “Get the Skinny”. We’re talking hair products here! Really? No wonder we feel badly about ourselves. We’re told even our hair is too fat!

Alleged weight loss “experts” on the Biggest Loser (even our family physicians) say, “If you want to lose weight, try behavior modification”. But think about it. Weight is not a BEHAVIOR. What you weigh today is not a “behavior” to be modified. Not sure that’s so? Just talk to people who have tried to “modify weight”, who have spent a fair (sad) portion of their lives focused on their weight, and they’ll tell you they weigh more today than they did the day they accepted dieted as a religion or as a required and acceptable way to live.

So, if you’re ready to,

1) let go of dieting as your way to feel “in control”
2) reject the pursuit of weight loss as a national past time and moral imperative
3) stop believing that weight loss is THE route to health and happiness and, instead, begin to explore new ways to make a life that brings you your best health, energy, and joy…

what do you do next?

My recommendation…embrace SELF-CARE! Focus on healthy behavior, not on weight and weight bias. Develop new healthy habits you’re willing to practice, a step at a time, that will improve your emotional, physical, nutritional, social, and spiritual health…no matter what you happen to weight on any given day.

Begin to feel more at home in and be more loving to your body. Maybe start with gratitude. Notice the many pleasures your body provides; taste, sight, hearing, pleasure of touch, and smell. Your body takes you through each and every day and allows you to experience it all! It provides the pleasure of taking a walk with a friend, watching movies, dancing, making love, enjoying great music, eating great food. Gratitude and self-care can go a long way when it comes to feeling at home in your body.

“Feeling at home in your body,” also means taking ownership and responsibility for your body.Treat it well. Give it great fuel. Take it in for repair, when needed. (Would you treat your car any less well?) Please accept your body as it is now, with weight wherever it happens to be today, along with all of your aches and pains, and challenges. Its the only body you’ll ever have!

Think about it. If you respect your body vs. loathing it, will you be more willing to take good care of it? Will you be much more likely to make healthier choices if your focus is on being as healthy as possible, rather than on being as thin as possible? (Very little I did in my attempts to get thin would be considered healthy, by anyone’s standards.)

Here’s to self-care and to your best health possible! As you take wonderful care of your body, your body will do exactly what it’s naturally meant to do when you treat it well…

Note…my area of specialty is recovery from emotional and binge eating. If you need support in that arena, please join me for one of my free phone seminars or consider exploring our Members’ Circle, at no cost , join us for three weeks FREE.

 

Top Healthy Weight Blogger-A Weigh Out      A Weigh Out and I have been named among the Top Healthy Weight Bloggers of 2014! Click here for Green Mountain at Fox Run’s complete list. I’m very pleased to be so honored!

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Do Women Teach Women to “Shrink”; Are You Using Your Voice?

Growing up…even today…what messages did/do you get from the women in your life…about using your voice, about your body, about your place in this world?

What messages do you communicate to the women around you?

From one young woman, Lily Myers…wow!

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Ellen Shuman is an experienced Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

One of Life’s Mysteries; No More Weight Loss Schemes

Fat Snowmen

On this New Year’s Day, I wish you a happy, healthy New Year…free from weight obsession….and all the desperate, crazy, unhealthy weight loss schemes and unsustainable resolutions that result.  There is a healthier, saner way to live!

Join me on Sunday and I’ll share a blueprint for 2014 that is sure to bring you more peace in this year to come…

 

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of Binge Eating Disorder; a Life Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), A Founding Member and Past President of BEDA; The Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. For information about Coaching Services, contact ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

 

 

New Year Weight Loss Tips

New Year Weight Loss Tips; Counting Calories in a Restaruant

New Year Weight Loss Tips

I know it’s hard to resist; “New Year Weight Loss Tips”. New Year’s weight loss is literally the #1 New Year’s Resolution.

So, if you’re feeling tempted to research 2014 New Year weight loss tips, driven by post holiday eating and the fantasy that everything in your life would just be so much better if you were thinner (really?), please stop and read this first.

I admit I used to get triggered this time a year. In truth, back in the day, I was weight loss focused all year long. But come New Years, usually after seeing some celebrity weight loss commercial or before-and-after weight loss pictures on the internet, I’d especially start to feel that tremendous pull.

Even for several years after I stopped dieting, come New Years, I’d hear this tiny voice in my head say,” Maybe I should do a New Year’s Diet, just to lose a few pounds, then I’ll go back to healthy eating?”

Thank God, I SOOOOOOOOOO over that; trying to implement New Year weight loss tips, the subsequent weight gain (and then some) that followed the initial deprivation and weight lost, and let’s not forget the resulting shame and added desperation!

So, with that in mind, I’m sharing this excerpt from Dr. Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight © 2010 (reprinted with Linda’ permission). I hope reading it will help you have a much healthier, happier year than the  what’s likely to  follow the desperate pursuit of new year weight loss tips.

 

A MESSAGE FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING THEIR NEXT DIET

This is for you if you are contemplating your next weight loss
attempt. Maybe you’re making a list of the foods you plan to give up,
the food journal you plan to keep, the calorie-counting you’ll do.
You’re picturing the deprivation and the forced exercise, resenting it
but feeling that there’s no other way to get the body you want, the
smaller body you crave. You’re also thinking about all the wonderful
rewards that come with a thinner you, such as attention, admiration,
and respect. The possibility of thinness is stronger than any concern
about how hard and uncomfortable it will be to get there. You’re
motivated and ready!

Before you jump on the diet bandwagon yet again, however, I’d
like to encourage you to think farther into the future—after you lose
weight. Think two years from now, when it’s quite likely that you’ll
have returned to your starting weight, maybe even higher. I understand
that you don’t want to consider this. You’re probably tempted
to stop reading now and are angry at the spoilsport “friend” who
slipped you this paper.

Indulge me for just a few more paragraphs. I don’t intend to take
away your hope, but, instead, to help you reframe your thoughts so
you can actually achieve what you’re looking for.

It’s way too easy to believe that a thin body will right everything
wrong in your world. That your life will automatically improve once
you’re thin enough to take the steps you feel your weight prevents
you from taking today. But it won’t. The reality is that this fantasy of
weight loss is what’s stopping you from achieving your dreams—not
your weight itself. The pursuit of weight loss rarely produces the
thin, happy life many people dream of.

It’s also way too easy to believe that you can control your weight
through disciplined diet and exercise. The science just doesn’t support
that myth. The reality is that biologic safeguards underlie your
body’s resistance to maintaining weight loss. Research demonstrates
that most people, regardless of willpower or diet or exercise, regain
the weight they lose. In fact, research shows that dieting is a strong
predictor of weight gain! It’s not your fault that you are among the
majority who hasn’t been able to keep off the weight thus far.

I’m not asking you to give up on your dreams. What I am suggesting
is that you move on. When you stop trying to control your
weight, you allow your body to do the job for you—naturally and
much more effectively. If you stop fighting yourself, achieving and
maintaining a weight that is healthy for your body becomes effortless.
Just think how much fun it would be if you didn’t have to worry
about your weight!

Health at Every Size; The Surprising Truth About Your Weight, By Linda Bacon, PhDCurious about the science that supports this? Want strategies and
support for getting in tune with your body? Check out Health at Every
Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (www.HAESbook.com).
Health at Every Size has been evaluated in several research studies,
the results published in top scientific journals. Adopting a
Health at Every Size lifestyle can give you what you want much more
effectively than a diet ever will. You have nothing to lose by trying.
And be nice to the friend who gave you this! He or she is trying
to support you in achieving your goals.

Excerpt from Dr. Linda Bacon’s book, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight © 2010

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of Binge Eating Disorder; a Life Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), A Founding Member and Past President of BEDA; The Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. For information about Coaching Services, contact ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

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