Self-compassion is the secret ingredient for successful weight loss & healthy eating.
Research suggests that giving ourselves a break & accepting our imperfections is the first step toward better health. In one study, when researchers taught dieters to practice self-compassion after eating a donut they ate less …while the dieters who beat themselves up ate more. Practicing self-compassion helps stop the cycle of self-sabatage.
What is Self-Compassion?
It has 3 components:
- Self-Kindness. Be understanding rather than self-critical.
- Common Humanity. View negative experiences as a normal part of being human.
- Mindful Acceptance. Acknowledge the situation without focusing on painful thoughts & feelings.
Next time you eat too much, instead of beating yourself up (which leads to MORE emotional eating) say:
“Don’t be hard on yourself. Nobody is perfect – especially with food. I overate & I don’t feel great about it, but I’m going to move on.