Weight Loss vs. Happiness

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So you are struggling to lose weight because you know once you achieve your goal you will be happy right? Well, let me be the bearer of bad news; that’s not going to happen!

Woman gagged by a measuring tape

Happiness is not determined by a measuring tape or a weight scale.
Photo by Jeanne Claire Maarbes

You see happiness is “a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions…………….” (- Wiki) and positive emotions are created by you on a daily basis.

It is sad to see that people today think that a human-being is body first and  that the soul, mind, or conscious is secondary when it’s actually the other way around. Let’s face it, it does not matter how skinny you are, if you are a negative person or someone who worries about each and every thing, you will be miserable despite all the blessings that are around you.

Of course you should work out and work out hard in order to get fit and get to your ideal weight; which brings me to my next point. Stop looking at those crazy before and after pictures on the internet. You need to find out what your ideal weight is and not go overboard by losing too much weight. That will do you more harm than good.

Be happy that you are leading a healthy life and consider the weight you lose a reward and not just a target. Be realistic in setting your goals but be happy today and don’t wait till you lose 100 lbs. Life is what is happening to you now so be happy now. Andrew Dixon of Huffpost Healthy Living wrote an interesting article on this subject called “Seduced by the Illusion: The Truth About Transformation Photos”.

Man lost weight

What you see is not always what you get when it comes to transformation photos.
Photo by marin

Before & After Photos

While we are on the subject of transformation photos, it is important for you to know that most of those you see on Facebook,  Instagram, and Pinterest are easily manipulated and I am not talking about Photoshop. Here is how one personal trainer faked losing 15 lbs. in 15 minutes just by applying some minor adjustments. Quote:

“Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes,” she wrote on the Instagram video. “Wanna know my secret? Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that s**t is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they’re a size bigger & black is slimming), Smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip – threw in a skinny arm, stood a bit wider #boxgap, pulled my shoulders back and added a bit of a cheeky/I’m so proud of my results smile.”

The “transformation” didn’t end there.

“Zoomed in on the before pic — zoomed out on the after & added a filter. Cause filters make everything awesome. What’s my point? Don’t be deceived by what you see in magazines & on Instagram.. You never see the dozens of other pics they took that wernt as flattering. Photoshop can make a pig look hotter than Beyonce.”

This does not mean that all transformation photos are fake. There are a lot of people out there putting in some hard work and getting some great results, but the point is you should not feel frustrated when your transformation photos don’t look as amazing as theirs. Most importantly, remember to be happy today and don’t wait to look like a fitness model to start being happy.

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64 thoughts on “Weight Loss vs. Happiness

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  2. I absolutely love this post. I’ve been struggling with losing weight and sometimes it just got frustrating. This time around, I’m just taking the pressure off myself and letting things happen naturally

  3. I’ve come to realize that healthy eating doesn’t have to be that expensive or difficult at all if you do it right. There is a group that I have mentioned in my blog post called ladyboss lifestyle and the girl who runs it give all kinds of recipes, tips, inspirational videos on how to eat healthy and most of her recipes are cheap and delicious too. I love it.

  4. I completely agree with you here! I spent most of my life thinking ‘if only I was skinny, I’d be happy’. Although loosing weight does not guarantee instant happiness, it did change my life for the better in terms of confidence and better mental health!!

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  7. You are so right! Happiness can never be based solely on appearance. You have to learn to love yourself at any size and if and when you lose weight you gain more happiness, not because of the way you look but because you set a goal and reached it. I truly feel that happiness is more easily achieved when you pay attention to spiritual things. Matthew 5:3 says, “happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.” Thank you again for this wonderful post!

  8. Very interesting…I do think that there is something to be said though of loving yourself enough to treat yourself to a healthy lifestyle and putting yourself first to achieve those goals. Skinny bodies never satisfy for long. It’s the satisfaction of the journey that can bring the happiness in my experience.

  9. Very true! And well said. Too many people are controlled by “weight” rather than their feelings. I always tell my personal training clients to feel their health, fitness and weight loss rather than measuring them constantly. I also tell them to ignore “transformation” photos – there are so many bogus shots!

  10. Interesting post. In trying to quote you said, “You need to find out what your ideal weight is and not go overboard by losing too much weight.” This is the main point that all of us must get. You nailed it.

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  13. There’s a classic saying among photographers that goes “if you mess up a portrait you will need to apologize, if you damage a wedding you must leave town”.
    If you already own a DSLR camera then you’re halfway there
    to capturing some beautiful images. How many pictures
    will be taken the day of the wedding and just how many prints delivered.

  14. This is kind of a balm to the soul. I’ve been hearing folks tell me I would be happy if I dropped 50 pounds for a long time now.

    I love myself now. I don’t need to loose weight to say that. If I loose it, I’ll still love myself.

    • Congratulations; that in itself is a great achievement. Enjoy your life to the fullest.This blog is about impacting people to make the right choices so your comment just made my day.

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  17. Hey Mate, great Post, and so important for people who are trying to transform themselves physically realizing that it only happens if the mental and emotional transformation is there too! Are you cool for me to re-Blog this?

    • Thanks Rich! Great to see you and others reacting positively to this post. I would absolutely love it if you re-blogged it, so please go ahead. Perhaps one of your readers will get inspired and they will pass on the message too. That’s what we are here for.
      Cheers mate.

  18. very true words. Happiness cannot be achieved by changing the physical, must truly love yourself first. Also I’ve noticed the Instagram transformation Tuesday photos. Seems like everyone’s a trainer now.

    • Well said, it is quite a challenge though for people in the developed world because many of us here have our happiness determined by what people think of us. So imagine if people compare us to what they see on television how difficult it becomes to be happy.

  19. Welcome from Bulgaria! I am having enjoyment of your blog site. I find this a valuable tip. In weightlifting there are classifications of weight which one must maintain in order to compete. However many women do not compete and so must be weighed by their husbands or they will try to pull tricks as this trainer did with photoshop filters and hair extension, but meanwhile bather bottom is getting much bigger!

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