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Being Nicer To Yourself About Diet Will Help You Lose Weight

By mahir | March 4, 2011

The New York Times’ Tara Parker-Pope writes that being nicer to yourself about diet and resolution slip-ups will actually help you lose weight and maintain a healthy attitude towards eating and your weight.

Many people make diet-related resolutions in January for the New Year.  Then, most drop their resolutions, which results in a “cycle of self-criticism and negativity…[leaving] them feeling even less motivated to change.”

The new research “suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health.”

Despite what many adults think, being kind to your self through self-compassion is not the same as being self-indulgent.  Dr. Kristen Neff has found that although adults may be supportive of a child who is struggling with eating too much junk food, but will not extend their selves the same kindness.

Dr. Neff’s research and new book “Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind” posits that being kinder to oneself can lead to more self-discipline and less emotional and guilty eating.

So give yourself a break next time you want dessert.  It’s okay to indulge once in a while, and you’ll enjoy it all the more if you are nice to yourself.

Read Tara Parker-Pope’s piece here.

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