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Your Level of Self-Esteem —An Important Key to Weight Loss Success

Posted Jan 03 2012 5:00am

It is impossible to get through life without failure, just as it is impossible trying to diet and trying for permanent weight loss without failure. So what does that tell you if you want to lose weight and keep it off?

You’re going to have to be ready to endure such failures—and if possible, make the best of them.

And that’s one of the biggest secrets to losing weight.

Psychological research on just this issue shows that people who have low self-esteem tend to over-generalize their failure experiences and think negatively about themselves. For instance, ‘When I failed to stick to my dieting plan today, I found myself thinking that I can’t do anything well.” While people with good, solid self-esteem who experience failure, focus on their strengths, and still come away from the failure experience with some positive feelings about themselves

How do you look at a weight-loss failure? Do you see your inadequacies or do you hold on to your good feelings about yourself and maybe even chalk up your failure to a learning experience?

Having good self-esteem matters when it comes to navigating the treacherous waters of your own personal weight-loss journey. So be on the lookout for signs of low self-esteem, and do what you can to raise your self-esteem to a level where “failure is only a temporary change in direction…”


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