Think about the last time I looked, and peered, himself naked in the mirror. (Do not pretend you’ve never done this.) Maybe you were deliberately looking at yourself, or maybe just caught a glimpse of yourself as we got out of the shower.
Perhaps, at this time of raw exposure, one wondered, “Whose ass is that?” Followed by “Ugh, why it can not be just a little smaller?” Or maybe you wanted his biceps were a little less weak and a little more defined and that her belly was more flat than round.
Have you ever wondered where this voice comes from and why you want these physical qualities? Perhaps a romantic partner once said, “Gee, I hope your back / arms / belly was smaller.” (If so, I hope this is a romantic! Ex-partner) But, more likely, no one ever tell you explicitly how they are supposed to be considered attractive look. That is, no one except you.
So, what is body image? “Body image” is the term used to describe our thoughts and feelings about our bodies. If you are happy with your body, then you have what researchers call “body satisfaction.” Rare is the person who is truly satisfied with their body. Instead, most of us experience some level of body dissatisfaction. We wish they were thinner, taller, more muscular, less muscular, had longer legs-you get the idea. Among girls and women, body dissatisfaction is so common that it has long been known as a “normative discontent.”
In other words, body dissatisfaction among girls and women is described as “the new normal.” This does not mean it’s okay that many of us are not happy with our body, only it is unfortunately the norm. Increasingly, children and men are also experiencing body dissatisfaction. In my research, I have found that up to 90 percent of girls and women report experiencing body dissatisfaction and 75 percent of boys and men report experiencing body dissatisfaction.
Manage your image
One of the keys to weight loss and control long term is to first achieve a certain degree of satisfaction with the body, a certain amount of acceptance of your body. We all have to come to terms with the fact that weight loss does not change some aspects of our bodies. If you have short legs, you will still have short legs, no matter how much weight you lose.
Probably not too surprising to learn that people who are dissatisfied with their bodies tend to be concerned about their own weight and these concerns often lead to behaviors diet. I know what you’re thinking, no duh! Nobody has “accidentally” were found in a diet if they were not worried about their weight first. However, this is where things get a bit more complex. People who have high levels of weight problems tend to approach weight control in a bad way adaptation, using drastic weight loss methods that are not healthy and are unlikely to be sustainable in the long term.
They are prone to skipping meals, eliminating food groups from your diet, binge eating, and sometimes bleed. In the short term, these strategies could pay in the sense that a person can lose some weight. The problem (I knew it was going to be one, right?) Is that over time people are hungry (which is hard to skip breakfast every day) or foods that pledged to resign (think fries are lost , cookies and ice cream) and meet a cookie (or ten) in the mouth. Weight gain often follows and so do other concerns about your weight.
Decades of research show a reciprocal relationship of body image and the average weight. The reality is that individuals with lower levels of body satisfaction are less successful at losing weight than those with higher levels of body satisfaction. Similar research has found that improvements in body image leads to healthier eating and exercise behaviors. In short, when people feel good about themselves, they are more likely to take good care of themselves, eat right and exercise. Get in the right mood for weight loss and Management- not be down on yourself-is an important part of my advice, if you want to lose five pounds or twenty.