One of the most exciting parts of Eating Free is our research that shows that rest is an important part of weight loss. Studies show that subjects who didn’t get enough sleep each night were less successful at losing weight than those who had a nice, long rest. We also know that stress releases cortisol and sugars that can settle in the gut and cause dangerous weight gain around the midsection. So while it seems counterintuitive, sometimes taking it easy is the best thing you can do to aid your weight loss. Eating on the go, skipping lunch to work out, pulling late nights at the office. You might assume that “forgetting to eat” due to your busy schedule is a good thing. In fact, it’s actually making it harder to lose weight safely and sustainably. So try something new: be kind to yourself. Take a nap. Enjoy a yoga class. Or cook a delicious meal for yourself. Whatever it is you do to relax is an important part of your weight loss program when you’re Eating Free.