It’s summer, which means it’s the time that everyone feels entitled to comment on each other’s bodies, whether those comments are positive or hurtful.
For women who are trying to lose weight, bikini season can be a reminder of the journey toward weight loss so far, and what still remains to be accomplished.
However, the journey of weight loss doesn’t have to be emotionally painful, and you can still love who you are in the process.
In fact, several experts share their tips for keeping your self-love alive and strong even while losing weight:
1) Make a choice
Easier said than done, but Melinda Parrish, a plus-size model with Ford Models and a body-positivity advocate, advised that women need to make a choice to embrace their bodies as-is, and focus on what they love about their bodies.
2) Detox yourself from a negative mindset
Parrish said there is a whole process of ridding yourself of the mindset that you have, while constantly working on changing your body. This process will take time and require you to consciously intend to change your mindset.
3) Look at exercise in a different way
Parrish had to reframe the way she looked at exercise. She made a conscious decision to look at exercise as a way of showing her body “love through movement.” She deliberately made the desire to lose weight and the desire to be active separate entities, instead of mutually inclusive.
4) Stop judging your food choices
Eating doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, allow yourself to eat foods that you love in reasonable portions, and eat when you’re actually hungry, Parrish said.
5) Loving your body while wanting to lose weight
In fact, you may want to lose weight because you love your body and want to be at the healthiest weight possible.
Embrace your body and make sure you’re choosing to lose weight because you love yourself and are taking care of yourself. Don't do it because society and your friends and family want you to, Parrish added.
6) Get rid of negative body image triggers