For some people, letting go of that diet mentality is like letting go of their security blanket. It almost becomes their identity. I hear people all the time say that they have “been on a diet as long as they can remember.” Letting go of diet culture does not mean you are letting go of your health. It actually means quite the opposite. In trying to lose weight, people often pick up unhealthy habits such as yo-yo dieting, binge eating or risk of other eating disorders, and unhappy thoughts about their body. Don’t forget that mental health is the foundation of your overall health. Constantly thinking about or worrying about everything that goes into your mouth is not healthy for body, mind, or soul.
It is quite possible to achieve healthy behaviors such as finding joyful ways to move your body, engaging in meaningful relationships, and getting enough sleep. When you drop this constant need to “be on a diet,” it frees up time and space to focus on these previously mentioned healthy habits.