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It’s January, which means we’re still being inundated with keto diets, paleo meal plans and scientific research telling us why intermittent fasting is actually a good idea. Oh, and did we mention just how busy those gyms still are? Yup, January is a time for diets, diets and more diets, and they’re everywhere we look.

The thing is, science has proven time and time again that diets don’t actually work over the long-term. While you may drop a few pounds at the outset, once you go back to your regular lifestyle and routine you’re more likely to pack on even more pounds than you started out with. It’s a vicious, never-ending cycle of yo-yo dieting and self-shame.

That’s why we can’t help but roll our eyes a little whenever we see the latest celeb hocking a diet plan or a fabulous fitness find. In many cases these people are literally paid to look fabulous, which isn’t exactly a realistic goal for us Joe Schmoes out there.

That’s also why Demi Lovato‘s latest message for fans is so empowering. After battling eating disorders in the past, the personality decided that 2018 is the year where she’s going to feel good in her own skin, and she wants everyone to know it.

“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. If you’re struggling as well, don’t forget. If I can do it, you can too,” she wrote on Twitter. “No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation) and 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!”

Sigh. If only all celebs could be that candid.

Obviously the tweets have been liked and retweeted by Lovato’s fans thousands and thousands of times. Because who can’t relate to feeling bad in their own skin and thinking about all of the hours we should be logging on the treadmill or whipping up a healthy salad to eat instead of binging our favourite TV show or having a burger for dinner after a long day?

Lovato, who is also the latest spokesperson/designer for Kate Hudson‘s workout gear company Fabletics, hit an important note in her message: it’s all about moderation. And sure, sometimes you’re going to gain a few pounds as you get older and roll with the punches. Because that’s called life and why should we stress about it when there are so many more other, important things to consider?

But if you surround yourself by body-positive people and give yourself a little love and self-care instead, maybe it doesn’t have to be so bad after all. So what are you waiting for? Go and give yourself a little hug and live your fabulous life. Because at the end of the day, whether you’re up or down 10 pounds, true happiness isn’t something you’re going to find on a scale anyhow.