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How to Stop Being Obsessive About Weight Loss

By Elizabeth Wolfenden ; Updated July 18, 2017

With images of stick-thin models and beautiful celebrities bombarding you on a regular basis, it can be difficult not to obsess about your own weight. In a culture where looks are so important, it can be easy to forget what is truly important--being happy and healthy. However, you can stop being obsessed with weight loss by following a few simple steps.

  1. Ask yourself what your true motives are for losing weight. Some people lose weight for health reasons, others for physical attractiveness and still others for both of these reasons. Examine your true thoughts and feelings on the subject and pinpoint exactly why you want to lose weight.

  2. Redo your goals. Instead of making weight loss your main goal, brainstorm other goals that would fulfill your needs. For example, if you want to be healthier, make your goals about exercising a certain amount of time each day or about making healthier food choices. If you are more concerned over physical appearance, base your goals on feeling good about the way you look and brainstorm other changes that may help with that goal, such as a new haircut or new clothes.

  3. Focus on things other than what the scale says in evaluating yourself. To avoid relying on the number of pounds you are, avoid weighing yourself every day or even routinely. Focus on things like the way your clothes are fitting, how far you can walk or run, how often you go to the gym and how you feel about the way you look. Often, these indicators can be just as useful as the number on the scale, if not more so.

  4. Stop comparing yourself to other people. Recognize that bodies are supposed to come in all shapes and sizes, and your body may not be designed to look the way someone else's does. Remember that the most important thing is being healthy and happy.

  5. Seek help. Although talking to supportive friends and family members may be useful, sometimes being obsessed over weight is tied to deep emotional issues. In these cases, contacting a mental health professional may help you deal more quickly and effectively with whatever the issue may be.

  6. Tip

    Get your family and friends to focus on being healthy and happy instead of weight loss. Not only will you be doing them a favor, but you will be creating a more supportive environment for yourself as well.


    An obsession over weight loss can indicate an eating disorder, but also may be a symptom of a serious mental illness called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), according to an article by Rick Nauert published on Professional mental help will most likely be necessary to diagnose or treat either condition, so it is important to seek help if you feel unable to control your weight loss obsession.

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