One of the most difficult battles people face within is accepting themselves for who they are and what they look like. Too many expectations are placed upon us by social trends and cultural perspectives, leading many to feel they need to look or act a certain way in order to be accepted or valued. Men and women alike struggle with issues of weight gain and loss, leading to the decisions of dieting or exercise routines that are demanding and grueling. Weight loss is an incredibly personal experience, taking all the motivation and energy you have to stay committed to a program like the HCG diet or to meet each week with your trainer. Even though you are giving it your all, it is still easy to feel the pressure that you haven’t already achieved your goal or the certain look society is after. This when remaining body positive becomes more important than ever.
Start Soul Searching
If you have started on a diet or workout plan, ask yourself why. Are you unhappy with the person you see in the mirror? Did you get a stern warning by your physician over your BMI? Has your love life been empty and you are trying to attract attention? A healthy weight and toned physique are important, but only when you are doing it for the right reasons. When you are trying to please everybody else, you will continually battle with self-confidence and unrealistic expectations. When you are taking care of yourself for you, it will be a lot easier to focus on the changes needed to have inside and outside.
Share Kindness With Yourself
The world is full of negativity, whether you turn on the news or listen to the lyrics of some broken-hearted country start. You don’t need to add to the doom and gloom by harboring negativity within yourself. You may need some body-positive inspiration through podcasts or blogs, or you may need to meet with a therapist to talk about how your negative feelings are impacting your success in different areas of life. If you struggle with losing weight or getting in your workout each day, it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you. Find habits and thought processes that encourage you to be kind to yourself. You will be more willing to accept the path to progress that you are taking.
Don’t Get Drastic With Dieting
Many people think that the crazier they go with their dieting plan the sooner they will see results. This leads to unhealthy views of progress and success. Any time you fail your diet or have a moment of weakness, it can lead to some seriously negative self-talk that often blames your body for your failure. Having a body positive approach looks at the entire process for the long-term changes that it will make, recognizing the need for small steps along the way. It's not about a number on a scale or how much muscle you converted during your workout. It's about how you feel and how your clothes are starting to fit better. You will notice your progress by your energy levels or how much easier it is to spend that extra five minutes on the treadmill. Stop thinking in terms of numbers or do’s and don’ts with your food choices. Think about your success in choosing to say yes to 64 ounces of water or reaching for that apple instead of the snack cake. Don’t base your success on drastic achievements.
Stop Looking for Others as Inspiration
Being body positive means accepting your body for the height, color, texture, abilities, and even weight that you have. Yes, you may be trying to change your weight to be more healthy, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t in a good place right now. Stop looking at beauty or fashion magazines for inspiration on what color to do your hair, what style shoes you need to wear, and what size you should strive for. Even when you read an article about parenting or tips for cooking at home, you are reading something designed to sell. A large readership is counting on stories like the one you just read. Don’t consider yourself one of the masses. Allow yourself to express your true style or interests, even when it means going against the grain or what is currently trending. When you embrace the true you, from fashion or style all the way down to your choice in shows worth binge-watching, you develop a self-confidence that will carry through to your exercise and weight control efforts.
Building a positive body image is all about making peace with who you are. Defy the cultural norms if you have to, so long as you become comfortable and accepting of your unique looks, perspective, and ideas. The weight and physique you want will come as you actively work on them, but you don’t have to wait to establish a positive self-image.
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