Improving Self-Esteem after Weight Loss Surgery*

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When you believe in yourself, accomplishing your dreams becomes that much easier. It is time to let go of self-doubt and negative self-talk and to embrace positivity as you work towards reaching your health and wellness goals after weight loss surgery.

The Connection between Weight Loss and Self-Esteem

When we talk about weight loss, so often we think immediately of the foods we eat and the way we move, but the way you think has just as much to do with how successful your weight loss efforts will be in many situations.

When you believe in yourself, your ability to take on complex tasks and overcome hardships is amplified. This is what having high self-esteem can do for you. Focusing on self-esteem is an absolutely essential component of any wellness program. If you don’t think highly of yourself, it becomes difficult to find the motivation to do what is best for your body.

What is Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem is the belief that you are worthy of love, admiration, and sacrifice. It is the ability to appreciate yourself for who you are and valuing what you are good at. Too often we think of only the negative aspects of our lives and try to condemn ourselves to be something lesser than what we deserve.

When you are your own worst critic, you are silencing the potential of your one biggest fan. You have to believe that you are capable of succeeding if you truly want to reach something new.

One way that you can work on improving your self-esteem is by giving yourself a pep talk. Positive self-talk is a popular method of building self-confidence and appreciation. To get started, look yourself in the mirror and compliment yourself. Tell yourself that you are beautiful, that you love yourself, and that you are strong. Do this until it starts to feel natural, and then remind yourself of those positive thoughts during the moments you need them the most, like when you’ve had a bad day and you are thinking of skipping your workout and stopping at a fast food restaurant or a bakery for some solace from your day. Finding your own self-worth and improving your self-esteem can help you become a stronger version of you, and this will only amplify your efforts to improve your health. Remember, healthy living is about living healthy inside and out, and this includes your attitude just as much as it includes your diet and exercise habits.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.