Do you love your body? If you’ve never stopped and taken the time to ask yourself this question, now is the time! Studies show that approximately 80% of U.S. women are unhappy with the way that they look. You may be thinking, “Why should I love my body?”
Well, I bet you didn’t know that the way that you feel about yourself has a direct impact on your health. The mind and body are connected, which means that our physical state reacts to our emotional state. Being happy with yourself can improve your health in more ways than one.

1. Loving your body will change your mind.
Close your eyes and imagine what it feels like to be completely happy in your own body. What are the feelings that surfaced? Maybe you felt more stress free, that you could think clearer, or a feeling of tranquility or peace. Whatever it was that you experienced, didn’t it feel nice? That feeling doesn’t have to end when you open your eyes. Loving your body will give you the mental freedom to enjoy life.Truly loving and accepting yourself means you can love and accept those around you more authentically.
There is no time like the present to stop thinking of things to dislike and start looking for things to love!

2. Loving your body will benefit your health.
When you respect your body, your body respects you in return. Because your feelings have a direct impact on your health, it is safe to say that if you change your thoughts you can change how your body feels in general. Your body is always trying to tell you something. Loving your body means taking the time to listen and act on what you are being told. This process of improving what your body is telling you needs improving, will change your body for the better.
Even the cells in your body are being affected by how you feel as you are reading this. This means that the more positive emotions of love and acceptance you feel toward your body, the more likely your health will improve.

3. Loving your body will help you lose weight if you do it right.
If weight loss is your ultimate goal, it is important to understand that body love and acceptance should come before shedding pounds. Making sure that you are coming from the right place is so important . Think about it, if you love something you instinctively want to take care of it.
Loving your body means taking care of your body! There are so many ways to do this, and most of them can lead to weight loss. Whether it is staying hydrated, moving your body, or cooking healthy meals for yourself, you are demonstrating self love.
By making a conscious effort to love your body, you are already taking a step toward fitness success!

So to get back to the basics, why should you love your body? Taking the path to body love will improve not only your mental state, but your health as well. It can also serve as a tool to help you lose weight. Remember to be grateful to your body and to treat it kindly.Your body does so many amazing things for you, it’s time to start doing amazing things for your body!

Sources:
https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/06/02/why-do-women-hate-their-bodies/
http://www.michellealva.com/3-reasons-why-its-so-important-to-love-your-body/
https://www.about-face.org/educate-yourself/get-the-facts/facts-on-body-image/
http://allisonfallon.com/love-yourself/
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