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The Self-Compassion Solution: A Mindful Approach to Sustainable Weight Loss

Weight loss is not just about diet and exercise; it also involves emotional triggers such as stress and anxiety. Practicing self-compassion and mindfulness can play a crucial role in supporting sustainable weight loss. Self-compassion, which involves self-kindness, mindfulness, and recognizing common humanity, enhances mindfulness, making you more aware of your actions, thoughts, and feelings related to weight loss. It also increases body positivity, motivating you to care for your body by eating right.

Self-Compassion Contributes to Mindful Weight Loss

Research has shown that self-compassion contributes to healthy eating habits and weight loss by enhancing mindful and intuitive eating, overcoming overeating tendencies, and increasing healthy behavior intentions. A study found that participants lost more weight when they participated in a mindful self-compassionate program compared to a control group.

Practicing self-compassion is not about being self-indulgent or self-centered. Instead, it involves treating yourself with kindness, understanding, and non-judgmental acceptance, especially during difficult times. It also means prioritizing your physical and emotional well-being by choosing healthy habits that feel sustainable and enjoyable, rather than punitive or extreme.

"Always, we begin again." - St. Benedict

In my work as a weight loss and self-care counselor I have found that the combination of self-compassion and mindfulness can significantly support sustainable weight loss by enhancing awareness, promoting healthy eating habits, and increasing body positivity. By incorporating these principles into weight loss efforts, clients can cultivate a more compassionate and supportive relationship with themselves, leading to long-term success in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

High Failure Rates of Diets

The high failure rates of diets and the frustration that accompanies them are well-documented. Research has shown that traditional dieting often leads to a cycle of weight loss and regain, causing feelings of guilt, regret, and shame. A study published in the British Psychological Society's journal found that self-compassion did not directly predict weight loss, but it helped individuals deal with dietary lapses while pursuing weight loss goals.

While self-compassion is not a direct weight loss strategy, it can play a supportive role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and achieving weight loss goals. By acknowledging the challenges and frustrations associated with dieting, and by fostering a compassionate and supportive relationship with yourself, you may be better equipped to navigate the ups and downs of your weight loss journey.

Self-Kindness and Self-Compassion

Questions I ask my clients are: "How would you support your best friend who is struggling with her weight, judging herself and wanting to throw in the towel? What words of compassion, which gestures of kindness would you offer, which tone of voice would you use?" Now, apply the same kindness and compassion to yourself. Place your hands on your heart, show yourself love, understanding and support.

Initial Complimentary Consultation

It is my calling to support clients on their health- and wellness journey by helping them heal their relationship with food - for the rest of their lives. You, too, can find freedom from dieting, and enjoy a healthy and relaxed relationship with food and your body.

The next step is to book an initial consultation with me to see whether we are a "good match." The consultation is free of charge and gives you the opprtunity to learn about my program, and the longterm benefits associated with the weight loss counseling process.

CONTACT ME. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

With compassion and kindness,



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