International No Diet Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to promote body positivity, fat acceptance and body shape diversity.

The day was first started by Mary Evans in the United Kingdom in 1992. It soon gained popularity in countries like United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Israel, Denmark, Sweden and Brazil.

 Evans, who went through anorexia herself, started the No Diet Day to help men and women around the world appreciate their own bodies better.  She also started an organization called Diet Breakers to bring attention to the cause.

The day aims to educate people about the need to diet responsibly and effectively for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It also creates awareness among people about the actual inefficacy of commercial diets and the diet industry.

“Those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years,” according to the US Institute of Medicine.

On this day, people are encouraged to take a one-day break from their diets and eat what they feel like without worrying about their body shape or weight. It is a day to embrace body diversity and to challenge the idea of “right body shape.”

There are different ways in which you can participate in No Diet Day. The most important step is a decision to end weight discrimination, fatphobia and size discrimination. You can also use this day to create awareness among people about several eating disorders.

Here are 10 motivational quotes to encourage body positivity on International No Diet Day:

 courtesy- Bustle, Good House Keeping

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  1. “You have to stand up and say, 'There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you’re the one with the problem!'”- Jennifer Lopez
  2. “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It's about knowing and accepting who you are.”- Ellen DeGeneres
  3. “Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.”- Serena Williams
  4. “Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself, ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.”-Ashley Graham
  5. “Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living.”- Meryl Streep
  6. “People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”- Salma Hayek
  7. “My weight? It is what it is. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It’s about being content. And sometimes other priorities win.”- Melissa McCarthy
  8. “One day I decided that I was beautiful and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.”-Gabourey Sidibe
  9. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters — on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”- Michelle Obama
  10. “Confidence is the only key. I can't think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”-Emma Stone