One thing you will
confront when you are dieting is the matter of your self-worth.
Dieting means changing
your eating habits and maintaining new habits, both of which present a
challenge to your sense of competency. The more competent you feel, the better
your sense of self-worth.
Trying to lose weight
ratchets up the potential for feeling like a failure. If you’re a dieter who
needs to protect her feeling of self-worth, you might be afraid to try, fearing
failure. But if you can risk feeling not so competent for a while, you can take
your time and develop the skills you need. That’s how you can feel a heightened
sense of self-worth.
Dieting is indeed a test
of your self-worth, but it doesn’t mean you have to get a perfect grade. Give
yourself lots of opportunity to master the subject, mistakes included.