Who Do You See in the Mirror?
If you hate looking at yourself in the mirror, then close your eyes and imagine how you would like to look. After all, the image you were looking at in the mirror is a reflection. It's not you but a complete reversal of what you actually look like. Mirrors are just a tool that can be useful when you are putting on makeup or tying your tie. In contrast, it is not an effective tool for weight loss or a place to ponder over feelings of self-doubt, self-criticism or shame. Education, counseling, encouragement and support are the tools you need to lose weight and change your body image to the one you imagined.
According to the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, a Spanish research study followed two groups of randomly selected overweight women on a one-year weight loss program. The first group was given general healthcare information about nutrition and lifestyle issues as well as the importance of taking care of their body. The second group participated in thirty group sessions that focused on issues, such as improving body image and overcoming personal barriers as well as managing lapses they had in following their menu plan. Not only did the women in the second group experience an improvement in their body image, they were able to better self-regulate eating patterns and lost 5% more weight than those in the first group.
"Body image problems are very common amongst overweight and obese people, often leading to comfort eating and more rigid eating patterns, and are obstacles to losing weight," said Dr. Pedro Teixeira from the Technical University of Lisbon. "From this (study) we believe that learning to relate to your body in healthier ways is an important aspect of maintaining weight loss and should be addressed in every weight control program."
At the Metabolic Research Center, our weight loss programs focus on providing the education, support, encouragement and celebration that's needed for success. So if you are serious about shedding those unwanted pounds and restoring your wellness, then it's time to stop looking in the mirror for answers and call the MRC location nearest you. You can lose so much weight that your mirror want recognize you; and you'll learn how to live life as a happier, healthier person.
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