Losing Weight Won't Actually Make You Happy

Emily Abbate Say What!?

Weight LossIf there's one thing that most women don't like to talk about, it's their weight. Especially after putting on a few pounds, it's much easier to ignore the little issue altogether than try to change eating and exercise habits to make up for the slip-up. With that said, apparently losing weight isn't the key to happiness. In a recent survey by U.K.-based retailer littlewoods.com, 49 percent of women whose weight had fluctuated in the past few years were happiest larger, at a size 16. And get this: 52 percent of size 6 women preferred to be curvier.

Translation? Sure, weight loss feels good when it happens, but most of the women surveyed were happier living a life that wasn't so restrictive.

I can dig that. But let's be honest here. You can be happy AND healthy at the same time. It's all about making your healthy choices part of a healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss is rewarding when you're seeing your hard work pay off. However, as happy as seeing a low number on the scale can make you, there's simply more to life. It's easy to get caught up.

When you have an ultimate goal in mind, you want to have control. In the past, I've refused nights out with friends or other settings where I haven't had control of all of the factors -- simply because I didn't want to go overboard. The reality? That's not reality. Living your life in the confines of your apartment or home just isn't fulfilling. And to be honest, it's the wrong approach.

Happiness is about so much more than how much you weigh. It's who you surround yourself with. It's what you choose to do with your spare time. It's the way you feel on a day-to-day basis. It's being content where you live, and knowing you're doing your best to be a good person. 

Do yourself a favor: don't base your happiness on numbers. Base it on how you feel. Of course, there's a difference between being obese and happy and being average and healthy. But just know that happiness isn't only about being a size 6, and you're well on your way.

Do you agree with the survey that being skinny doesn't guarantee happiness?

 

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