Dieting During the Shutdown? Here are 8 Reasons That’s a Terrible Idea

byMichelle Konstantinovsky| PUBLISHED Mar 31, 2020 7:18 PM
Dieting During the Shutdown? Here are 8 Reasons That’s a Terrible Idea
Many of us have, at one point or another, let the number on the scale direct the course of our day. Number up? Prepare to punish yourself all day long. Number down? It may be safe to celebrate, but now you’ve got a new restriction to “keep you in check.” When you let go of dieting, you may let go of the need to let numbers like pounds, calories and fat grams, take control over your days. Getty Images
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How many tweets and Facebook posts have you seen from people worrying that they’ll pack on pounds during the coronavirus shut down? Zoning in on food intake and body size can offer a sense of control during out-of-control times—but experts we talked to say this moment of crisis is the worst possible time to focus on your weight. Negative self-talk and bad body image create undue psychological stress that can drag your mood down and weaken your immune system. And dieting itself, whether it’s actual reduction of calories or restricting certain foods, also adds to your overall stress burden. If that’s not enough to convince you that now is not the time to worry about your weight, here are a few other really good, science-backed reasons not to diet—not now, not ever.