Love Your Body, Even When You Don’t

A negative body image will kill your weight loss goals! Most people seek me out to lose weight. I don’t help them lose weight, but I help them remove emotional barriers that keep getting in the way of their weight goals. With that in mind, it is safe to say my clients don’t love their bodies. Worst case, they hate their body. Best case, they simply tolerate it or don’t give it much thought. It seems counter-intuitive for most people to even consider loving their body.

This is one of the biggest barriers we need to tackle. They think they can’t possibly love their body until they lose weight. However, you will never treat your body with nurturing kindness (i.e. eat balanced and nutritious meals or incorporate regular physical activity) without caring about your physical being (body). this is even more complicated because the vast majority of my clients struggle with Binge Eating Disorder or at least some of the characteristics of BED. Which, by design, disconnects them from their body.

This might seem like an impossible task to tackle. To start improving body image, we first need to address any traumas that have created negative beliefs about your body. I use powerful therapies to do this. Accelerated Resolution Therapy and EMDR Therapy, along with Internal Family Systems help get to the core of the issue and create healing.

From a trauma perspective, it is important to understand that trauma occurs on a spectrum. Most people automatically think of child abuse/neglect and combat. However, trauma is anything that created emotional distress and stays with you in any way. These therapies heal any trauma no matter how big or seemingly small. Then, we can use them to target specific negative beliefs about your body. Any amount of time hating your body is too long! You can’t change a body that you don’t care about. Healing is available!

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has been working in the mental health field since 2001.


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