How often have you listened to a friend gripe about her thighs or belly only to reply with something along the lines of, “Oh, stop, you’re gorgeous. But I know what you mean — mine are so flabby!”
Hopefully, you don’t say anything like that much, but chances are, you’ve been guilty of it at least once or twice. In fact, a study last year by Special K called “Positivity and Weight Management: A Look at the Gains,” which included a 15-minute telephone survey of 1,004 weight-conscious women showed that women who think positively about their weight management (i.e. don’t use negative self-talk like I described above) were 25 percent more likely to succeed in maintaining their weight, eight times less likely to report having gained weight, and are 60 percent more likely to get back on track after a weight-management plan is derailed than women who engage in negative self-talk.
Those are some pretty convincing statistics, wouldn’t you say?
How do you keep your self-talk positive? —Kristen