If you’re working to lose weight, chances are you don’t truly love your body, but what if it turned out that doing just this could actually help you to see better weight loss results? Would you take another look at yourself? Would you try to love your body a little more?
Here’s the thing: if you hate your body, you’re spending all your time in self-loathing. Instead of seeing new, slimming results from that strict diet and intense workout program, you look in the mirror and point out all the “ugly” or “gross” parts of your body. This way of thinking can take you right back to the initial line of thinking that caused your weight problem in the first place.
Sometimes in an effort to fight feelings of dislike of our bodies, we over eat, hide under baggy clothes, and become lethargic. In fact, body dislike can even cause depression and anxiety and these are two problems that can seriously pack on the pounds.
When you love your body, you’re more likely to fuel it with healthy foods and make good-for-you food choices. You’re also more likely to make sure that you get enough sleep, and you will begin to work out as a way to stay healthy, not just to shed pounds, and this can help you to see better weight loss results.
Still struggling to see what all the fuss is about? These tips should help:
- Look in the mirror and point out three lovely things about your body each day. Maybe it’s the curve of your calf as it meets your ankle, maybe you have lovely shoulders; a pretty neck. The point is that there are attractive parts of everyone. You might not like your belly, but you will.
- Notice your results. Maybe it’s not on the scale; maybe it’s in the way your pants fit, or how you look in those shorts. Take a moment each day to notice your progress. Give yourself a good look over, and check out the new firmness to your arms and analyze your butt as well as you can see. It’s good for you. Every change that you see will help to boost your self-love and keep you going.
- Wear clothes that look good. Okay, it’s easy to hide behind baggy clothes, but when you do that, you’re not opening yourself for others to see how nice you actually look. When your clothes fit you well, and you dress cute, it causes you to feel good, and others to feel good, and that’s going to help boost your confidence and body love.
- Get sleep. Yes, this one sounds crazy, but lots of times, when we don’t love ourselves, we sacrifice sleep, and that can cause issues when it comes to body image. Sleep helps the body to heal, it gives you essential energy and reduces stress. A good night of sleep will help you to wake up with the energy to work out day after day, and that’s body love.
Try these steps for just a few days, and you’ll begin to transform the way that you see your body. Every meal, every workout; every day is a chance to show your body that you love it, and that can boost your weight loss results and overall health.