Yes, you DO need to go on a diet. Not a calorie counting diet, or a cut-out-several-food-groups diet, or an only-eat-sausages-on-Wednesdays diet.
I want you to go on a media diet. You WILL lose weight, but it'll be a weight off your shoulders, not off your hips. Here’s how to do it:
1. Stop reading magazines and consuming other media that make you feel like crap.
I passed the magazine rack yesterday and analyzed what I saw: Row after row of glossy covers advertising diets: Emergency Diet! Lose Weight In Two Weeks To Get Beach Ready! There were unflattering photos of celebrities showing a hint of double chin or the shadow of cellulite — ridiculed for simply being human. Cruel speculation on when a new mother might "bounce back" and "lose the baby weight."
These magazines, television shows and even social media sell us self-hate by idolizing perfection, ensuring we invest in the pervasive culture of body dissatisfaction and continue to believe that thin is always in.