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10 Ways to Love Your Body While Losing Weight

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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

Parrish, Melinda. Email interview. June 7, 2016.
http://www.melparrish.com/#plussizemodel

McAulay, Lauren. Email interview. June 7, 2016.
http://laurenmcaulay.com

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As a psychiatrist I have seen only minor success with positive affirmations. Repeating something you don't believe is unlikely to change your mind. Changing you mind actually changes your feelings.

Also I am certainly not trying to put anyone down, but most women are not heart healthy in the upper plus sizes. I'm saying that from experience! A plus size model, therefore, can give you many great tips on how to love your body, but I'm not sure if Ms. Parrish is heart healthy. If she is a heart healthy plus size model her words will have even more meaning.

Overall I was more excited by the title of this article than by the article itself.

January 19, 2017 - 7:15am
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