In this episode of Overcoming Emotional Overeating podcast, Wendi talks about body image distortion and how specifically you can work with it while you’re in the change or after the fact, letting go of the old body image if you’ve lost weight.
In today’s call, you’ll hear me talk about body image distortion and how specifically you can work with it while you’re in the change or after the fact.
As people lose weight, as we lose weight, or we change our body in whatever way that might be. Our old body image gets stuck in our minds, and sometimes it’s really different. To let that weight go. The weight of our old body image, the weight of how we used to look in the mirror or in our clothes
So what can you do to keep yourself aligned? You can really do that, too, just like we use the devices, like mirrors, social media, or pictures in a negative way.
You can also use it in a positive way. So putting pictures of yourself, in visible places where you can see what you look like now if your body has changed so that you can see, oh, this is where I am now.
You can also take out pictures of the old and compare them to the new. Now, I don’t always love pictures because I do feel like we have so many pictures around us nowadays.
Social media. I mean, it used to just be billboards and magazines. But now we’ve got monumental amounts of social media platforms. And even though those are not still pictures, although sometimes they are and they’re retouched and retouched and retouched again, I feel like we’re inundated with visual images, so I don’t love it.
But it is one way you can take out pictures of how you looked and how you look now so that you can really see the difference. You can ask a friend or significant other somebody that you really trust.
Not just anybody, I mean people that you let in your core circle when it comes to your body has to be it has to be imperative that you trust them. One thousand percent. This is not one hundred percent gig.
This is the thousand percent. And you can ask them what they think your body looks like after the weight loss if you’ve changed your body. What does it look like? Who would they compare it to? So you can look outside yourself before you come in yourself.
To look outside yourself to see what it looks like from that objective point of view, because remember, that’s kind of where we live normally.
So if you start with where we live normally, which is objectification, it’s a little bit easier, although I obviously don’t love that. But I understand we’ve got to work with the brain where the brain begins, so be it begins outside.
So using a trusted person to help you with that can be really helpful. They can also help you maybe pick somebody out of a crowd that looks similar to how you look now. So, again, you trusted one thousand percent person. And so you can kind of see objectively what that looks like.
And finally, when somebody gives you a positive comment. Don’t ignore it or dismiss it. Take it in. Allow it to settle on your heart and your soul and allow yourself to really own it.
You see, the problem isn’t always with your body. Sometimes it’s just what you actually think of your body