Learning to trust your mirror
Phantom fat means you still have a large body image in your mind even after you have lost weight. Although your body has changed, your brain hasn't caught up with those changes. The good news is that over time, phantom fat can go away. Here are some ways to overcome it:
- Write a journal. Keeping a journal will help you gain insight into your thoughts and feelings. By reviewing your journal entries, it will be like having a conversation with the part of your self-image that is still stuck in the past-your "heavy" phase. It should help you gain awareness you didn't have before.
- Reverse negative self-talk. If you find yourself caught up with negative thinking, try this exercise: for every negative thing you say to yourself, either aloud or in your head, reverse it with something positive. Over time, all the positive talk will help you overcome a lingering negative body image.
- Self-reflection. Take some time to stop and seriously reflect. Review the Habits of Health that are now an everyday part of your life. What have you accomplished so far that makes you happy? Give yourself credit for all the positive changes you have made during your health journey, not just the pounds you have lost. It'll help make your body changes feel real.
- Surround yourself with positive people. The OPTAVIA Community is filled with people who are undergoing the same exciting transformation you are. Spend time with them and share your feelings. By joining together as a Community, you'll recognize the amazing person you now see in the mirror!
As your OPTAVIA Coach, I can help you confront the challenges as you continue your journey toward lifelong transformation. Remember, I'm here for you!