1. Make peace with your genes.
Although diet and exercise can help you make the most of your shape, your genetic makeup plays a key role in determining your body size. There's a limit to how much fat you can safely lose.
2. Learn to accept your body.
Don't focus on your perceived shortcomings; instead, embrace your best qualities. Love your collarbone? Flaunt it in a scoop-neck top.
3. Stay positive.
Physicians, psychotherapists and sex therapists have all found that a poor body image has negative effects on health and may lead to anxiety, depression, eating disorders and decreased sexual function.