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Learn to Love Yourself

Think you’re not good enough? Worried you’ll fail? Don’t be your own worst critic. A positive attitude can go a long way, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Here are some tips on how to silence your “inner critic” and learn to love yourself.

We’ve all heard that little voice in our head. You know, the one that won’t let you live down a bowl of ice cream or a side of French fries? Sadly, this negative voice may be standing in the way of your weight loss success. Having a harsh inner critic may cause stress eating, emotional eating or just the feeling that you’re not good enough.

Mistakes happen and no one is perfect, so putting extra pressure on yourself isn’t going to help. It’s how you respond to situations and learn from them that truly counts. Learning to handle dieting mishaps constructively is important for many reasons -- especially self-acceptance. So instead of beating yourself up, check out this 4-step solution that may help you look at situations differently:

  • Forgive yourself. Lapses happen and you’re only human.
  • Figure it out. Review the situation for any triggers to help prevent a lapse in the future.
  • Focus on the future. What can you do differently next time?
  • Let it go -- you’re building new and healthier habits!

As you run through these four steps, you may notice a change in your attitude. You may even start to cheer yourself on, or at least learn to tune-out that negative voice. And once you build better habits to cope with self-criticism, you may start to notice that you’re more successful than you thought and that you are actually pretty awesome.