WHAT do you see when you look in the mirror?
More than likely, someone overweight. You may not be overweight, but maybe you used to be, and in the mirror you still see the ‘fat’ person. You see things nobody else does. Love handles, bingo wings, back fat and the rest. More than likely you even point these things out to others, who would never have noticed themselves. This can be known as ‘body dysmorphia.’
Psychological barriers can be as debilitating – if not more – than actually losing the physical weight.
Cheat days and cheat meals are an inevitable thing. The problem for some people is that when and if this happens, the hard work is completely unravelled and then they feel a failure, even though in reality one cheat does not instantly put all the weight back on. But to them, they may as well give up now.
It’s hard to coach someone into being positive and thinking differently when some psychological issues can be years in the making and all I can do is be supportive and keep people heading in the right direction.
I encourage taking regular photos, even weekly if necessary. When you can physically see the progress, this is the most powerful tool and motivational instrument you have.
Believe in yourself and you will achieve the result you want. Just be realistic and accept that there will be bumps along the way.
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