There is a strong connection between self esteem and weight loss. Self-esteem is how people perceive themselves. It reflects the overall assessment of your worth as a person. How you were treated during childhood based on the environment you lived in is the main factor affecting your self esteem.
Psychologists believe that if during a child’s formative years, negative signals were constantly present; it is likely that the child will suffer from low self-esteem once he goes into adulthood. A person’s self-esteem will determine how he interacts with people and circumstances around him in the future.
Most obese or overweight people suffer from low self esteem. They base their worth as a person on the physical aspect like how they look, how much they weigh or how beautiful or plain they are. Most of the time, they do not think highly of themselves nor believe that they are capable of praise unless they achieve the desired weight or size. Most overweight people think negatively of themselves and expect other people to judge them the same way. This is also the reason why low self esteem interferes with losing weight — making it impossible to achieve whatever goals set.
Here are some reasons why:
- The moment you believe that you are a failure, you will be a failure. The moment you keep putting yourself down by demeaning phrases and words, you will behave accordingly. This is how the human brain works.
- People with low self esteem cannot accept that he or she made a mistake. Even the fittest person gets tempted to eat high calorie food once in a while. However, they do not beat themselves up just because they gave in to a temptation. Instead, they would take note of it and try make up.
- People with low self esteem always focus on punishment and rebukes. Most of the time, people with low self-esteem aim for big achievements. It might be losing 20 pounds in a week or going from a size 16 to size 10. However, if he or she fails to reach that expectation, he blames himself and eventually gives up believing that he cannot do it. He is a failure.
On the other side of the coin, positive thinking people are successful when it comes to weight loss. This is simply because positive thinking leads to positive results. The moment you believe you will lose weight, it will happen.
A person’s self esteem will either make or break your weight loss program. Before getting into any diet regimen, you have to start thinking positively. Surround yourself with positive vibes and learn how to love and accept yourself. This may be difficult at first as you find yourself struggling. However the moment you overcome negative self appraisal, you will find it easy to lose weight.