Do you —
- wear baggy clothes
- avoid physical intimacy
- turn down social invitations
- avoid full-length mirrors
- disparage your looks
If so, does any of this have to do with what you think of your own body?
Being disturbed by the size and shape of your body is just one more thing you have to contend with if you are carrying around unwanted weight. One solution, of course, is to lose excess weight, and get your body looking like you want it to. But that’s not an easy thing to do when you feel bad about the way you look.
Feeling bad about the way you look can lower your level of self-esteem, which in turn can affect the confidence and commitment you need to reduce your weight.
What’s the answer? Changing yourself is usually not an all-or-none matter. You don’t lose all your self-esteem or all your motivation, confidence, and commitment just because you're bummed about your body. You still will have some of what you need to lose your unwanted weight despite not feeling good about yourself.
Don’t let a drop in self-esteem or disturbance about your body be a weight-loss deterrent. This can happen if you get too disappointed by a drop in self-esteem and forget that sometimes you can even make a little self-esteem go a long way.