When you hear “weight loss tips”, there’s often a list of Do’s and Don’t’s…but rarely is there a specific explanation of WHY you should or shouldn’t do something. Well here’s a closer look at one of those tips:

Don’t eat the last bites on your kids’/spouse’s plates (or the last bit in the serving dish) just because you don’t want to throw the food out.

If the only reason you’re eating is because you don’t know what to do with the leftovers, stop. If you don’t want to throw the food out, wrap it up and put it in the fridge. Most people say they don’t like leftovers; in that case, toss it. Because quite frankly, it’s going to go to waste (or waist) no matter what you do with it.

Consider this: when you put something into your mouth instead of disposing of it, you’re sending yourself a message. And that message is “I am a garbage can.” You’re saying that it doesn’t matter whether or not you want it, you must eat it. In essence, you’re telling yourself that you are so worthless that you don’t care what you stuff down your gullet, because you have designated yourself the lowest of the low.

Now for some people finishing up that last, unwanted bite may not be a big issue, but for others it’s a way of life. When you put everyone else’s needs before your own, regardless of what they are, you’re left with the dregs. So if, say, you’re finding it hard to fit in your exercise and wondering why you always come last, it’s because that’s where you put yourself.

Your well-being is more valuable than that. You are more valuable than that. Now you have to get yourself to believe it.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt