Being Body Positive about Weight LossPosted: November 24, 2015 in Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
It is difficult being overweight in 2016, and the reasons as to why this is true go far beyond the immediate medical concerns associated with obesity. In fact, even when you start to lose weight and your health improves, coming to terms with your body and feeling positive about the way you look can be a whole different challenge to overcome.
The reason for this doesn’t come down to any solidified or objective facts about being overweight. There are plenty of these objective reasons as to why losing weight is a good decision: financial benefits, improvements to health and mood, even heightened energy levels. But for many people, there is a drive behind personal weight loss goals that can be summed up as aesthetic. Everyone wants to look good and love their body. The secret is that to really feel your best, you have to start loving your body now—wherever you are on your weight loss journey.
Learning to Love During Medical Weight Loss
So many people enter their medical weight loss program thinking about how much they’ll appreciate their body later. Once they lose weight, or once they reach their weight loss goal. This isn’t a healthy way to think about your body or your weight loss progress.
Your body does a lot for you every day, and the stress you are putting on your body is amplified in some ways when you start a weight loss program. Now, in addition to taking on your work schedule and family obligations, your body is being put to work in the gym and left hungry as you focus on cutting calories and sticking to your medical weight loss diet.
By learning to love your body today, you can make an immediate change in how you feel. Holding your head high and appreciating the way your body exists today can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin, and in your blue jeans.
Your medical weight loss program is designed to help you see fast results, but if you are too busy thinking about how much you dislike your body, then you might miss the great things that are happening now. Appreciate your body for what it is and how it is. Let go of any past animosity that you’ve held within your heart and be try being thankful for what you do have. This is the only way to mentally approach a medical weight loss program. Love yourself now, and be pleased with the results later.