Wednesday, February 01, 2012

How to have a healthy body image

I really like Monica Reinagel's Nutrition Diva Podcast.  In "How to Lose Weight Without Dieting," the lovely Nutrition Diva gives this smart strategy for weight loss:

Let’s say that you have 10, 20, or maybe even 50 pounds to lose. I want you to forget for a moment about how you’re going to lose that weight. Instead, I want you to picture yourself at your goal weight and shape. Really picture it!  And now I want you to think very seriously and specifically about what sort of habits and lifestyle someone who spends their life in that kind of body would have....Can you picture that trim, healthy person? Can you imagine what a typical day looks like? Can you see what’s on the dinner plate or in the kitchen cupboards? Good.  Because that’s what I want you to start choosing right now. That’s right. We’re going to skip the dieting phase entirely and go right to the eating well and feeling fabulous part. Because the very same things that you’d need to do to maintain that healthy weight are the things you need to do to get there in the first place. 
Euphoria
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In my post yesterday on body image, I said that you can't just decide to have a healthy body image. But, riffing on the advice above, I wonder if it's possible to "fake it till you make it."

Can you picture that confident, self-assured woman? Can you imagine what a typical day looks like for someone with a healthy body image? Can you see what she wears, how she talks to herself, how she presents herself to others? Good.  Because that’s what I want you to start choosing right now. That’s right. We’re going to skip the self-improvement phase entirely and go right to the feeling fabulous part. Because the very same things that you’d need to do to maintain that healthy body image are the things you need to do to get there in the first place. 

It's worth a shot. I think actions, not words or thoughts, are what really shape our self-image.

4 comments:

  1. I completely agree with the last sentence. When I live too much in my head that's when the body images always falters.

    I haven't been able to comment lately but just wanted to say how much I've been enjoying your posts!

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  2. like, like, like. :)

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  3. I BELIEVE!

    Or, instead of "fake it til you make it" how about "act is if" instead?

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  4. This was really interesting to me. I am throwing a different slant on the topic.

    I have always thought a lot of people (I guess I mean blog land people) look at 'thin' and think the person can do what they want, eat what they want and just sort of BE thin.

    I suppose there are people who are that way. But not very many.

    The women in my classes, who never were fat, have to work just as hard as I do. They are just as careful about what they eat and work out just as hard (or harder).

    Do you think most people know that looking at them?

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