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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Ragen Quit Because:

“I was shocked when I found out that there is not a single study where dieting was successful for more than 5 percent of people. Most people can lose weight, but the body has physiological and psychological responses that cause the weight to be regained in almost everyone. Research showed me that the best chance I had to be healthy was to focus on healthy behaviors. I started to eat a whole foods diet and kept exercising (I’m a competitive dancer so I work out a lot.)

My life is so much better since I quit dieting. Focusing on my health means that I am successful simply when I make healthy choices, instead of using the scale as the jury. I no longer obsess about food and calories, and my cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure etc. (which were all out of whack when I was dieting) have all come back to normal ranges. Weight loss is a Galileo situation: ‘Everybody knows’ that weight loss is the ‘way to go,’ but the research doesn’t support popular opinion.

I have chosen to focus on healthy behaviors and be grateful to my body for what it does for me!”

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