Starting a diet may be an act of desperation. But losing weight without dieting is pretty hard.
You may have weight issues, but if you absolutely hate yourself and then jump into a diet to lose excess weight, you may have a strike against you. It’s often better to feel more positive as you begin to take weight-loss steps.
For example, what is your perception as you look at yourself in the mirror? What exactly do you see?
And is what you think you see really how you look?
As it is with so many other experiences in life, looking at your own image in the mirror is always affected by psychological, emotional, and life issues. Some of these issues have almost nothing to do with size or weight
For example, if your level of self-esteem is not in very good shape, well that can really distort what you see as you.
And if you are feeling defeated in your life—by a failure, or a relationship problem, or an uphill career struggle—well, these things can also greatly affect what you say to yourself as you encounter your reflection.
And let’s say you lost a lot of weight but then you began putting weight on again. This process might also affect how you see yourself. Disappointment in yourself can translate into thinking you look a lot worse than you do.
Perhaps a helpful thing would be to shift the emphasis. So maybe, if you can take some time to consider how you feel, not so much how you look, that might help you distinguish reality from your mood-related impression of yourself.
Sure, we all want to look good. But it’s often hard for someone to be objective about her own looks. And if how to keep weight off has been a problem for you, things can get very mixed up.
Always start by concentrating on how you feel, what’s going on in your life, what’s been good for you, what’s been possibly hurting you, and how well you’ve been managing to cope with all these variables.
Then take a look in the mirror, and see if the woman looking back at you doesn’t look a lot better. This may be the positive shift you need to kick start a diet.