Weight loss can definitely improve your self-esteem, especially if you’ve had a weight problem for a long time and have come to believe that you are going to be overweight forever. Being overweight impinges upon every aspect of your life – usually in a negative way – and so losing weight means that you are free from the worries that your size can bring. As you start to lose weight your health prospects are likely to improve, while you are able to do things that you may have been unable to do before.
Obviously, then, if your weight is having a negative impact on your life it is well worth trying to lose weight, as when you step on the scales and are able to see that the action you’ve taken is having a real impact you start to grow in confidence. Rather than simply accepting that you are going to be fat for the rest of your life, you are forced to acknowledge that as long as you continue consuming fewer calories than you expend you will lose weight. You may have used the excuse in the past that diets don’t work for you, but they only fail to work if you’re not in the right frame of mind to follow them.
Of course, it can be a significant challenge to get in the right frame of mind for weight loss because if you don’t have much confidence and your self-esteem is at rock bottom you automatically assume you’re going to fail. Unfortunately, when you believe you’re going to fail you may find yourself inadvertently sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. If you don’t think you have very much willpower you might start bingeing on junk food and then tell yourself it’s because you’re weak and useless, which may motivate you to reach for even more food.
However, it’s worth focusing on the benefits of weight loss to get you through the tough times. If you lose weight at a sensible rate by reducing your calorie intake and doing more exercise you should be able to reach your goal eventually. You may not get the results as quickly as you’d like, but if you stick with your weight-loss plan you will get there in the end. Watching your weight decrease, fitting into smaller clothes and receiving compliments are all things you are likely to experience while following your weight-loss plan. Your self-esteem should therefore receive a boost and it is worth holding on to the positive feelings you get so you can continue following your weight-loss plan until the very end.