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Weight Loss - Self Image and Attitude

Updated on March 15, 2010

Many people, especially in America, are very concerned with their weight and body type. Not all of this concern is healthy. Weight is one factor that may affect health, but it is not the only factor. Neither is it the most important factor. Studied in a vacuum, weight is meaningless. Only considered in light of diet, exercise, and above all, healthy attitude is weight a consideration, and if the other three are in line, the right weight will naturally follow.

Healthy Attitude

The key to beauty, happiness and good health is a healthy attitude. What makes a healthy attitude?

  • Positive Self Image
  • Self Love
  • Perspective

Positive Self Image

Learn to like what you see in the mirror. When you see your reflection, give it a big smile. That's you in there. Whatever you see in the mirror, praise it. Tell it how beautiful it is. Then, think how it might be more beautiful. Visualize it that way. Imagine how the "ideal you" will look in the mirror. Smile.  Your smile is beautiful.  

Self Love

You are, always have been and always will be the most important person in your life, therefore you should love yourself. What does it mean when you love someone? You are good to them, you are kind to them and you do what is good for them. You build them up, you don't put them down. So be good and kind to yourself and do what is good for you.  Eat right, exercise, and get adequate sleep.  Help yourself feel good.  

Perspective

You can never really know what people think, even if they tell you, because they may not be telling you the truth, they may not be telling you the whole truth, or they may not even really know what they think. Also, they can only express what they think in words, and words are not completely adequate to express thoughts. Even if they manage to express to you in words what they think, your understanding of them may not be complete. Their thoughts are based on their experiences which are inherently different than your experiences. Therefore you should never base anything on what you think someone else thinks, especially your opinon of you. Form your opinion of you based on the only thoughts that matter: yours.

Diet and Exercise

Consult your physician before going on any kind of diet or exercise program.

Diet and exercise are inseparable in terms of their influence on health. If you eat fat, sugar and starch and lay around watching TV or staring at the computer all day, you are training your body to burn sugar and store fat. If you exercise for at least one half hour daily, avoid starches and sugars and eat more protein and omega 3 fatty acids, you will train your body to burn fat and build muscle. This is oversimplified, but thinking of food and exercise in these terms WORKS.

Diet

Eat more:

  • Salmon
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit
  • Green vegetables, carrots

Eat less :

  • Chips
  • Fatty dairy foods
  • Fatty meats
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Pasta

Exercise

Find a sport or other physical activity that you like to do that increases your heart rate for at least one half hour every day. Really get into it. Read about it. Learn about it. For example, if you don't currently exercise, I good way to start is to get into walking. Go to an athletic footwear store and buy shoes designed for walking for exercise. Search for online articles about walking. Buy special clothes for your daily walk. Make your daily walk your special time.

As you continue, find ways to challenge yourself. Change your route. Try ankle weights. Try walking faster or farther or both. Try walking for longer periods. Try alternating walking fast for ten minutes and then slow for five minutes.

You can apply these ideas to any exercise program. Your exercise will make you feel more alive and vital, stronger and more alert. Enjoying good exercise and eating right makes a body happy. It's much easier to be a happy person when you have a happy body. And happy people are beautiful people.

With the right attitude, diet and exercise you can look great and feel great, too. Before you know it, you will be the ideal you.

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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, AE. Very good point! For example, if you run or bike, change your route every once in a while so you don't just always go the same old way.

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      Julianna 

      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You have given so many keys to successful weight loss and self-image truly love yourself and eat right. I also add change in my excercise regimen so that it does not get boring. :)

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      ashakhan 

      8 years ago from india

      trueeeee

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Artrush, for adding your desire.

      Thank you, Mickey, for adding your extensive wisdom.

      Thank you, Juneaukid and Feline!

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      Feline Prophet 

      8 years ago

      Such sensible advice! No matter how often we hear such things we still need to be reminded again and again...

    • juneaukid profile image

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      You have some very good ideas here in addition to healthy eating and exercise. Certainly attitude is an all-important factor.

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Tom- I tried to love me -but I know where I've been. Thanks for a great hub!

      I posted but read above me and thought I'd add two cents. 2% is actually too close to unhealthy. The closer you are to a "fighting weight" or really low body fat like 3% or maybe 5 or 6, the more prone you are to viruses, etc. At 60 years of age it's hard to stay under 9% in the colder months. I can get below 7% for an "event" and I'll test my limits (maybe this year) to check out the possibilities. I think 4% would have me pretty cranky. Thanks

    • artrush73 profile image

      artrush73 

      8 years ago

      For me the top conditions means to have muscle weight and 2% of body fat. That's like a bodybuilder :)

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      That's all right, Candie. I know your classification is not one of the choices: "wicked hot."

      Thank you, Cluense.

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      Katie Luense 

      8 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Awesome Hub! I rated it up a notch!

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I'm not gonna vote, cuz I'm the first comment and it will show on the results.. so I'll come back later!!

      This is a good 'common sense' hub on weight/weight loss. Thank you Tom!

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