As a society, we tend to fixate on the visual consequence of weight gain and weight loss, but what happens when we start to look beyond the scales?
Understanding the reasons why you want to lose weight is often the key to staying motivated, and getting results.
After launching its new weight management program, Modere invited seven real people to participate in a more personal kind of ‘before and after’.
Delving into the emotional side of the program, the participants fronted a camera, and talked about what they believe they’ve lost in their lives, and how they’re hoping to find something better for themselves.
The results? Increased inspiration to tackle the three-month healthy living challenge.
“If I’m honest, I’m in a bit of a rut,” Said Gracie (24, Retail Manager), when reflecting on her health.
“I want to take more care of how I’m feeding myself–not just food, but mentally and emotionally.”
For Sean (33, Project Consultant), it was about being there for his family.
“I’ve binged and eaten poorly for the better part of 15 years and in particular recently I’ve found an incredible lack of energy, I get sick quite constantly.
“I have one son and another on the way, so I need to make sure that in my future with them, I’m able to do the things that a father should,” he said.
Gracie and Sean have since embarked on the M3 pledge–a three-month health program inspired by the Mediterranean diet that focuses on real food, sustainable changes in lifestyle, and a supercharged range of supplements.
At four weeks, Gracie had lost 7.3kg and Sean had lost 5.3kg.
Modere’s top tips for weight loss motivation:
- Determine your ‘why’
Picturing what better health what would change in your life–such as having energy for parenting–means that you can be your own weight loss inspiration.
When asked about her ‘why’, Gracie said “I would hope to find love in the future, and that includes a love of myself, and then to be able to fall in love.”
“That’s what keeps me going.”
- Set goals that match your motivation
The next step is to connect that inspiration to an achievable goal–the ‘after’. This can be in any facet of life, and doesn’t have to be a number.
“My goals are to keep a healthy weight, and have enough energy to be able to take the family on holiday,” says Sean.
- Have a plan and support
When your journey is already mapped out, it’s easier to follow. Even more so, if you’ve got support along the way. Programs such as Modere’s M3 can provide both structure and support, so that the day-to-day tasks are manageable.
“Knowing that other people are doing the same thing, and I can reach out to them, is really good,” says Gracie.
“It makes a difference, being able to hear from someone else that you’re doing okay.”
- Make time for your health
Look at your plan and figure out what time you need, and then factor that time into your week. This way, you’re preparing yourself to make sustainable change.
For example, if you want to increase your daily steps, you may need to add some extra travel time to your morning commute, or squeeze a walk into your lunch break.
Reflecting on your motivation and goals at the beginning of your journey means that you can see how far you have come–not just on the scales but with the quality of life that you want.
Modere can help you get there with M3: an approach to wellness that focuses on ‘real food for real people who want real change’.