Are you sold to the image promoted by the fitness industry? The picture perfect body rippling with muscles and a vivacious spirit to match; it can tempt anyone into buying their products. If that’s your sole reason for trying to lose weight, you have played right into their hands. And that’s exactly why so many people fail to benefit from all those diet and exercise programs out there.
Conviction is important
The success of your weight reduction efforts may actually hinge on the strength of your conviction. Before you start on a weight loss journey, you need to have all the facts on the table about two things: why you want to lose weight and what it would take to achieve your weight loss goal.
You will have more motivation and confidence if your intention has the backing of true knowledge of the pros and cons.
Why do you want to lose weight?
We’re enumerating some of the main reasons––very good reasons too––that motivate people to lose weight. You can check and see which ones apply to you. The more reasons you have, and the more rational they are, you would have greater success in achieving your goal.
A lean body makes you look good
You don’t need any proof here because all glossy magazines and TV shows are full of images of lean models flaunting the latest fashions. When you lose a few pounds and become lean, you not only look good in the mirror, but look good in the dresses that you were struggling to fit into previously. You may even come down a few sizes.
A lean body gets you attention from the crowd as well appreciation from people at home and in your workplace. These reasons may sound too shallow, but statistics show that lean workers are paid higher, in comparison to overweight people with the same qualifications. You may think it is unfair now, but you wouldn’t be complaining once you get there.
A lean body makes you feel good
To many people, a good self-image is more important than how they appear to others. And that is a healthy attitude too. Feeling good about one’s body makes people more socially active. It opens up more opportunities for making friends and improves your chances of discovering new areas of action and finding better employment.
Discrimination against obese people is a fact of the society we live in, however unjustified it may be. People tend to think that obese people are lazy and irregular to have put on extra weight. In contrast, a lean people are considered responsible people because they have put in the effort to look after themselves. These assumptions may be far from truth, but that’s how our society works.
Shedding extra pounds makes you healthy and active
You’d be surprised how a few pounds less would make you feel so different, active, and full of life. One of the first things people report on losing extra pounds is an increase in energy levels, although they could be consuming fewer calories now.
When you become more energetic, you’re likely to become more physically active and ready for playing outdoor games and participating in sports. Such activities have a positive effect on your overall health.
Becoming lean changes your brain chemistry
One surprising effect of sustained weight loss is the change in brain chemistry that it causes. After a few weeks or months of staying lean and physically fit, you may find that your cravings have reduced or disappeared altogether. Your food preferences also may change.
It has been observed that obese people typically reach for high-fat, high-carb foods while lean people tend to prefer healthy food items. Weight loss may result in your preferences changing to fresh vegetables and protein-dense foods even if you were fond of unhealthy foods previously. Eating disorders like grazing and bingeing may get resolved too.
Maintaining the ideal body weight reduces potentially fatal risks
High blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, fatty liver and kidney disease are just some of the ailments that obesity causes. Increased risk during anesthesia and surgical procedures is another concern.
Even moderate weight reduction brings about beneficial changes in the body and reduces the health risks mentioned above. This should be promoted as the prime reason for advocating weight loss, but it is difficult to glamorize it.
Health concerns often take back seat until an unexpected event like a stroke or a heart attack brings them to light. But you don’t have to wait for a potentially fatal event before you decide to do reduce the risk.
What does it take to lose weight?
People have many myths about the effort and time required to effect weight loss. Also, they are not aware that weight loss and body building are two different things, although both are related in some important ways: both involve diet and workouts.
Losing weight and getting into shape involve such extreme food restrictions, intolerable physical effort, long periods of sacrifice and deprivation, that the very thought is scary.
Losing weight is not as difficult as you may think, especially in the beginning. If you have only a few pounds to lose, moderate calorie restriction combined with healthy eating habits and reasonable amount of exercise should put you back on track.
It is actually carrying around those extra pounds that should be scary because they can put your life at risk. Anyone would want to trade painful osteoarthritis for hours of strenuous workout in the gym.
Anyone can have six-pack abs, tight glutes and big biceps or look like that gorgeous model on the magazine cover, and that it takes just a few easy diet changes and simple exercise routines.
Losing a few pounds may be easy, and you can do it by making small dietary modifications and easy exercises. However, as you progress on the weight loss journey, it becomes tougher to take off the pounds as your body resists your attempts every inch of the way.
When your body weight comes down, it slows down the metabolism, so you will have to reduce your calorie intake and increase your exercise and activities. The upside is that your newly achieved leaner body is more equipped to meet these additional challenges than ever.
Now, if you are aspiring to achieve a body like that of the fitness models you see in advertisements, it is a whole different ball game altogether. It takes a lot of grueling hours at the gym with mean machines.
Careful adjustment of diet, preferably with the help of a sports nutritionist and a punishing exercise regimen designed by experts could eventually make a great body out of a lean and healthy one. But most people would find that the results are not worth the effort, unless you want to be a professional model. We will let you in on an open secret in the fitness industry: the images of models are often photo shopped for maximum effect.
If you have ever wondered whether the effort involved in getting lean is worth it, these pros and cons may help you determine it for yourself.