Demi Lovato DGAF About Gaining a Few Pounds After She Stopped Dieting
"No more food shaming myself!"
Since opening up about her struggles with eating disorders, self-harm, addiction, and body hate, Demi Lovato has become one of our favorite body-positive role models. Not only does the Grammy-nominated singer serve up some serious workout inspiration, she also shares how she's not immune to self-doubt and how difficult practicing self-love can be. (Related: Why Taking Extended Time Off-Like Demi-Is Good for Your Health)
Most recently, the Fabletics partner got candid about the stress that comes with restricting certain foods. "Feeling gross today at a photo shoot but I'm choosing to accept what I see because I love myself for who I am and your love and support gets me through moments like this," she wrote on Twitter.
"No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation)," she continued in a separate tweet. "I'm not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I've given up dieting BUT I've given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don't want to set that example for my fans. No more food shaming myself!!"
Changing her eating habits has helped her tremendously on an emotional level as well. "I'm happier because I'm not restricting myself from certain foods," she recently told People. "As someone recovering from a food disorder, it's something that I want to put out there that you don't have to diet in order to be happy."
It's true that labeling foods as "good" or "bad" can have an impact on your mental health. Think about it: When you label a food as "bad," you also feel bad eating it, which leads to a self-shaming spiral. Instead, start listening to your body and eat what you want in moderation.
Needless to say, adopting this mindset isn't always easy, which is why Lovato ended her message by providing support to anyone else who's been in her shoes. "If you're struggling as well, don't forget..if I can do it, you can too," she concluded on Twitter.