“Thanks for all the love so far on my Year of Health,” she posted. “When I was reaching for the candies last night after dinner I thought to myself, ‘hmmm…better not’ and had a bottle of water instead.” It also helps that she has a load of celebrity friends such as Octavia Spencer and her Pitch Perfect co-star Alexis Knapp to drop her a heart or ‘fire’ emoji when she posts a progress selfie.
The right motivation
When a fan told her she didn’t need to lose weight, and that she was great as she was, Rebel replied to say: “I’ve loved myself and thought I was [the bomb] at all sizes. But I’m proud to have gotten healthier this year and treating myself better.”
Many people this year have motivated themselves to get active or to stop overeating as an act of self-care rather than self-hate. Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on declaring his own lifestyle overhaul after being admitted to intensive care with Covid-19, said: “There are health reasons, but it also makes you feel much better. And that’s the number one thing, you actually feel more full of energy if you can get your weight down.”
A study in the International Journal of Obesity supports this. It found that dieters who were motivated by how much better their life could be were more successful than those who were not.
Enjoying an occasional treat
Sustainable weight loss isn’t about endless soup and salads. If you like traditional ‘treat food’ such as crisps or cakes, you can factor them into your meal plans and give yourself something to look forward to.
It’s been reported that Rebel is following the Mayr Method, a diet regime which focuses on digestion, mindful eating and avoiding sugar but last week Rebel posted a video of herself eating a strawberry cheesecake, writing: “Remember though, girls, you still gotta treat yourself (I just do it with food now only once or twice a week… and substitute bubble baths on alternate nights).”