3 Tips on Body Image and Weight Loss

 

There are days we feel uneasy with our body—Well, our weight, specifically. Top that with feelings of insecurity and misery midway. After all, there’s always that pervasive pressure to conform to the images peddled in magazines, television, and billboards.

So, what is a girl (or guy, for that matter) to do? Well, consider my three practical tips for a healthier, happier you. See if these work for you:

  1. Detox, not just your body but your mind, too. You see, many only focus on detoxing the body to kick-start their weight loss program. They start eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking cold pressed juices.

These are totally okay, but you also have to consider the fact that more than the toxin buildup in your body, it is the toxins in your mind—negative body image and thoughts–that need to be flushed out first.

Mind detox is essential so as to clearly identify your priorities and your reason for losing weight. It lets you explore your conscious mind as well as your subconsciousness on why you are doing what you are doing. Remember that when you are mindful, you begin to look at things differently.

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You can start your mind detox by setting aside time—five to 10 minutes every day—to be still in one corner, do nothing and just focus on your breathing. Try to acknowledge what you feel and process your thoughts as you slowly let go of negativity. As you try to clear your mind, you will begin to feel light and picture a new you.

For those who would like to practice meditation and exercise at the same time, yoga is a great activity. It can help you lose weight, correct your posture, and at the same time release the mental baggages that are keeping you from attaining who you want to be.

  1. Talk to the image in the mirror. It’s great if you’re with supportive family members and friends but they will not be there to cheer you up every single hour of the day. In moments when you feel down and discouraged to continue what you’ve started, you have to be your own cheerleader.

Self talk is very important so do not miss every chance to cheer up that image you see in the mirror.

Talk to the image in the mirror.
Talk to the image in the mirror.

If you’re not comfortable talking to yourself, one alternative is to listen to songs that promote positive body image and boost your confidence. One of the tried-and-tested self-suggestion methods is to sing an inspiring song, especially in the morning. You might like to listen to “Beautiful” by Christina Aguillera or “Try” by Colbie Caillat while you’re in the shower and sing along with it.



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