When it comes to feeling healthful, it’s easy to fall into the trap of torturous dieting and self-loathing. From counting points to counting carbs, you’ve probably tried every diet imaginable. Every day there’s a new “magical weight loss” diet, detox, or program. No matter how healthy you eat and how many hours in the gym you force on yourself being healthful is so much more than trendy diets and exhausting workouts. It all starts with loving your body inside and out. If you’re ready to stop hating your body and start loving yourself, here are five things to stop today.
If you’re not in tune with your mind and body, no diet is going to work. In fact, most people who follow a diet lose weight fast, only to gain it back just as quickly. From low carb diets to vegetarianism, there are new diet rules every time you surf the Internet. It’s important to know that there is not one perfect diet for everyone. Instead of labeling certain foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ it’s important to eat a balanced diet and to learn what works and what does not work for your metabolism. Healthful eating is not black and white. That’s the beauty of being you.
Stop Weighing Yourself Every Day
It’s easy to become a slave to the scale, but that will not help you love yourself. Body weight fluctuates and is not the way to measure your health. Focus more on how you feel, how you fit better into your clothes, and how energized you. These are the true measures of health. Put the scale away. The number on that scale does not determine your worth or your health.
Stop Insulting Yourself
It’s no secret that we are our own worst enemies. Whether you tell yourself you weigh too much or you look big in your favorite pair of pants, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by talking down to yourself. Take a moment each day to think about one thing you love about yourself. Whether it is your gorgeous eyes or your contagious laugh, think about the things that make you who you are. Mental health is important and self-shaming will not get you anywhere.
Stop Doubting Yourself
“I can’t” is one phrase you need to eliminate from your vocabulary right now. Whether you want to drop a few pounds or wake up feeling more energized, believing in yourself is the first step to success. When you start doubting yourself, think about all the amazing things you have done and stop being so hard on yourself.
Love Your Body Now
The biggest mistake you can make is waiting until you’re at your goal weight to love yourself because if that’s the plan, you’ll never make it. Your body has carried you so far and in order to care for it, you must start by loving it. Your looks are no more important than the way you feel. Stop standing in front of the mirror criticizing your body and start living.
Life is hard enough without you being in a constant way against your body. If you want to truly love yourself, it starts inside.