This Woman Wants You to Know That Losing Weight Won't Magically Make You Happy
Weight-loss influencer Jacqueline Adan is speaking out about how happiness does not come from a number on the scale or the size of your clothes.
Jacqueline Adan has been inspiring thousands of people through her incredibly impressive 350-pound weight-loss journey over the last several years. Along the way, the 30-year-old has opened up about how every person's road back to health is different. She has even clapped back at body-shamers who gave her flack about simply wearing a swimsuit.
Now, she's shedding light on yet another important aspect of extreme weight loss. In a recent post on Instagram, Jacqueline weighed in on the fact that losing weight isn't the answer to all of your problems.
"Happiness comes from within and does not come from a number on the scale or the size of your clothes," she wrote alongside a before-and-after picture of herself. "It comes from living a life you are proud of and knowing that you are capable of anything! It comes from loving yourself and making the best decisions for yourself and doing what's right for you."
She continued by admitting that she, too, believed that losing weight would magically make her happier and give her more fulfillment in life. "I used to think that once I lost weight, all of my problems would go away," she wrote. "I thought that losing weight would make me happy. What I didn't realize is that I had to deal with all of the issues I was going through with myself in order to become happy. I had to fall down in order to really see how strong I really was. I had to be broken in order to come back together and become the best me possible!" (Learn more about why losing weight doesn't always lead to body confidence.)
These feelings ring true for so many people trying to lose weight. And, as studies have shown, the effort it takes to change your lifestyle so drastically can be detrimental to your emotional well-being.
"Although dieters may feel a sense of satisfaction in seeing the numbers of the scale go down, each pound lost requires considerable willpower and sacrifice to achieve," Sarah Jackson, Ph.D., previously told us in "Why Weight Loss Isn't the Secret to Happiness." "It is easy to see how restricting food intake, resisting temptation, and, in some cases, even avoiding social occasions that center around food could take a toll on well-being."
Jacqueline said it best herself: "Weight loss will not solve all of your problems."
The moral of this particular story is to remember that true happiness can't be achieved from something as quantifiable as weight loss. It's a lifelong journey that involves a lot of self-love, reflection, and patience. (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You're So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)
"For me, I now know that losing weight did not make me happy," writes Jacqueline. "Finding out who I really was and who I really wanted to be and making the decisions that are best for me...that's where I found my true happiness!"