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Introducing YourTango Experts Spotlight: Body Image And Love 2011

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The YourTango Experts spend a week teaching us how body image affects our love lives.

Our relationships with our bodies is one of the most sensitive and critical relationships of our lives. The messages of abuse, tenderness, love, hate and everything in between that we send our bodies have a major impact on both body image and functionality. A study published on Glamour.com found that the average woman has 13 negative thoughts about her body each day with several women reporting 35, 50 and even 100 negative thoughts a day.

These results got us thinking about how negative thoughts affect the average woman. Do they stop her from trying on new clothes or showing off parts of her body? Do they prevent her from being intimate or worse, hurt her chances at finding love? Unfortunately, for some women, the answer is that a negative body image does all of this and more. 

This week, Experts are weighing in on the importance of learning to love your body, flaws and all. Over the next seven days we're taking a look at our relationships with our bodies and how things like negative energy, poor food choices, rotten myths and mistaken beliefs can cloud a our thinking and affect our overall body image.

As one Expert said, "Showering your body with loving thoughts is the best diet you can go on." So for this week we're going on a diet of positive thinking, smart advice and great tips to embrace our bodies and learn to love them.

Join us as we explore:

  1. How your body image may be helping or hurting your relationships
  2. How to feel good about your body in bed
  3. Beauty myths that are hurting your love life
  4. How to feel sexy right now, regardless of body type and size
  5. Tips for losing weight as a couple

In the spirit of our past challenges, 31 Days To A Better Sex Life, the 31-Day Love Life Makeover and last month's 7 Day Love & Travel Intensive we're diving into what you need to know to start changing how you think, act and manifest your beliefs about your body so you can attract more love to your life.

Experts will be around all week to answer questions and connect with you about any issues you may be facing. You can find them here.

The challenge kicks off today with 20 reasons to love your body—check back in with our hub all week long for daily posts about how and why loving your body leads to a better love life.

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