Why I Quit Dieting! True Stories from Real Women

These women finally realized that diets can do more harm than good. So, they quit. And they all got healthier the right way...without powders, magic pills or mean people that yell at you and call you liar. Here's how they learned to be quitters (33 Photos)

Ragen Chastain on May 23, 2012 at 10:36AM

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Why I Quit Dieting! True Stories from Real Women

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Katja Quit Because:

“I spent lots of energy thinking about what I shouldn't eat. It wasn't fun and didn't lead to lasting weight loss or better health. I had no idea there was an option that was so much more joyful and healthy.

My daughter is so capable with eating. Seeing how natural it was for her to seek variety and eat the right amount when she listened to her body, inspired me.

Turning my back on weight loss has been liberating. I exercise because it feels good. I don't deny my appetites. If I want a Reese's with coffee after lunch, I enjoy it, and have much more joy and feel fewer cravings.

I freed my mind from thinking about eating and exercise. I left my work as a family physician to dedicate my career to helping parents raise children who feel good about food and their bodies. That is the best "preventive medicine" I can think of!

I stopped participating in negative body talk, I didn't want my daughter to learn that from me. Initially it took a conscious effort. Now (almost) always, it is how I really feel. Fake it at first if you have to, you’ll get there.”

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