“Weight is not a number on a scale. It’s a feeling in your body.”
That’s how celebrity health coach Robyn Youkilis thinks about weight loss—now that she has made peace with the topic. First and foremost, Youkilis is interested in gut health and intuition, and the kind of mindful eating that naturally leads her clients to the foods and habits that are uniquely nourishing to each of them.
Her first book “Go With Your Gut” (Kyle Books, 2016) was well-received, and her publisher asked her to write a second book—about weight loss. At a time when public conversation was finally moving away from the number on a scale, Youkilis declined and returned to her coaching practice. Over time, she realized that although she might coach her clients to practice self-care and self-love, their end goal often was in fact weight loss.
Youkilis isn’t shy about naming what’s so hard to admit: We’re cheering the body-positivity movement but at the same time thinking, I should feel as good as that woman does who’s curvier than I am, and I still don’t. Our pants are just tighter than we want them to be, and we’re uncomfortable. Or we feel great until we find out that we “shouldn’t.” Youkilis tells the story of a friend who had just launched her own online magazine and felt so terrific that without thinking much about it, she found herself walking around Brooklyn in shorts—something she normally would have felt too self-conscious to do. At a doctor’s appointment the next day, she was shocked to find she was at her heaviest weight ever.