Your diet plays an unbelievably important role in your life. It pretty much underpins…
I go into the how’s of losing weight a lot on this blog, but I feel that perhaps I don’t go enough into the why’s of losing weight. Specifically, why should you lose weight, and to what extent will weight loss benefit YOU?
Before I address this crucial question, I need to make this very clear:
Motivation is what gets the ball rolling. Discipline and lifestyle changes are what keep you leaner and better looking.
Changing your lifestyle is way more important in the long-run. However, I appreciate that many of you are struggling to make any progress at all, so this post is for you, as your motivation levels are likely lagging. Motivation comes first.
Motivation is that burning fire, often created through discomfort with your current situation. It only becomes motivation, however, if you allow it. Often it can be an angry emotion. Other times it may just be pure determination. Either way, it gets the ball rolling.
Lifestyle changes are way more complicated. Having your physical, emotional, competency and autonomy needs being met are requirements here for long-term success. Basically, you need to enjoy life whilst consuming slightly lower calories and training a little more.
Easier said than done though.
I’ve been around 8-10% body fat for well over 12 months now, and have dipped as low as 7% for a couple of weeks, just for reference. Before this, I had always hovered around the 14-17% region.
I personally have experienced the following:
- It helps you get laid. As “shallow” as this sounds, there probably isn’t a greater confidence builder out there, other than making a ton of money in a job/business you love. The better looking the girl/s is/are, the more true this is. Admittedly, your looks are not the most important factor, but they do help, particularly in the short-term.
- It improves your general, core confidence. You look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, and you think to yourself “Wow. I just keep getting better!” It’s a nice feeling, trust me. This confidence carries over into everything you do – you’re proud of your physical body. Your physique is one of the few things in life which is 100% completely and utterly within your control, even as you age. The older you are, the less you will be capable of achieving and progressing towards, and you just have to accept this. But you are 100% in control of how you age. Some people age horrendously, some age ridiculously well. The decision is yours. This core confidence is such a huge factor, as everything else really follows on from it. Better relationships with friends, family, women, and more success in the workplace. You’re a stronger person (mentally), and with this foundation built, everything else you experience through your new lens of confidence becomes more enjoyable.
- You have more energy and motivation. I’m still not sure exactly why, but when you’re leaner, you simply have more energy. This is once you are no longer in an energy deficit. If you’re still in an energy deficit, then of course you won’t have much energy! But 8% body fat Alex, eating maintenance calories has way more energy and enthusiasm on a daily basis that 15% body fat Alex, also eating at maintenance calories. You’re just more sluggish and lethargic at higher body fat levels, regardless of diet structure. Although of course the content of your diet will play a huge role. If you’re constantly ingesting Chinese food, for example – high glycemic carbs with loads of salt, then of course, you will feel sluggish no matter how lean you are. Energy is one of the three key resources we have. The other two being time and money. You want to maximise your use of all three. Being leaner helps you with your energy levels, and you can use this to improve several areas of your life, whether it’s; family, relationships, fitness, travel etc.
I don’t know about you, but I think they’re some pretty worthwhile benefits.
Getting laid with good-looking women, being more confident with everyone you interact with, and having more energy to utilise…
Your life will become significantly better.
And to answer the one question you’re probably asking – No, you don’t need to get down to 8-10% body fat. Not even close. It’s all relative. I would guess that simply losing 5-10% of your bodyweight will make a significant contribution to all three of the above.
You can stop dieting and seek to maintain once you see no major further benefits from further weight loss, and the trade-off is no longer worthwhile.
This may take some time though, with periods of diet breaks to give yourself a break. Don’t expect miracles.
Want to improve your life in several ways? LOSE WEIGHT!