Welcome back chief,
So you want to know if you should in fact actually lose weight.
So you wake up one day, look in the mirror and your face is round like a melon, your stomach presses against your t-shirt and the three pairs of jeans you own no longer fit.
None of your friends, peers or family have said to you to lose weight except your mother because, well let’s face it, she’s your mum and when you were slim she said get bigger. Lesson one: don’t take health advice from your mum.
Anyways, I digress. You asked a few of your friends if you should lose weight and they said you look fine but as they were saying it you eyed them up and down and realised actually they need to lose weight.
Here is the thing about that:
Jim Rohn said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time”. What does this mean? Well if all your friends are overweight then that’s probably why you are too. Why? Because gaining weight or being “big boned” is the direct/indirect result of that behaviour.
Aside from fitness, look at successful people. They rarely ‘hang out’ with ‘unsuccessful’ or ‘unmotivated’ people because that would impact them in a negative way. If you constantly surround yourself with people who have goals and have plans then that will influence how you approach your day to day.
With that being said, if you ask for your friends’ honest opinion and if that ‘friend’ truly cares about you, he will tell you to lose weight. If he doesn’t, ask someone outside of your circle.
If still you don’t get the response you are looking for buddy, that’s a cause for concern because firstly, you aren’t content with their response meaning you were looking for them to give it to you straight. Secondly, you are reading this right now and something triggered inside of you.
That is the single most important indicator. You no longer feel happy with the way you look. We’ve all seen those memes saying you should love your body, which is true. You should love your body enough to know what you are currently doing is impacting your health more.
Some of these health risks include but are not limited to, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and so on…
Again, I am not saying you need to have abs and be shredded like a fitness model, you just need to get into the 12-15% body fat range and all of those drastically improve.
Other indicators include any form of activity become substantially more difficult like walking. If you are out of breath from short walks or the walk itself now becomes a chore.
Your joints ache, the more weight you carry the harder it becomes to walk around. Imagine weighing around 70 kilos and then walking around with a barbell, then add 10kg on each side. Traditional barbell weighs around 20 kilos (44 lbs) so you are looking at 110kg (240lbs).
This is something I also noticed as I dropped fat – the leaner I got, the easier things became. I felt like I was flying when I was walking. I was no longer out of breath and the pain in the my joints completely disappeared.
You have to go out to buy new clothes or you can’t make it to the first notch in your belt.
You find that you buy larger clothes not just because of your weight but because you are still self conscious about yourself. You want to wear looser clothing so your belly, in all its glory, doesn’t shine through.
You just don’t feel great, energy levels are low, you feel bloated and huge all the time and you yearn to be skinnier.
If any of these sound like you and you’ve tried fad diets like juice cleanses, tea diets and waist trimmers but nothing has worked, then click here to another post I wrote on how to actually lose fat.
You see, there is a lot of misinformation out there and I was in a similar position whereby the diets weren’t working, in fact I was actually gaining weight. A little research and I discovered the real truth. With that being said, if you are ready to start losing weight, check out my article and take the first step to a better you.