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Jun

The Three Ls of Motivation

Phew, it’s been a while. Life always finds a way, as they say. In this case, it was a way to stop me from writing. But I managed to get on that treadmill of Life, turn up the speed, and then outrun and lose most of my immediate obligations, so I could hit the keyboard and put up another article for this neglected blog, come hell or high water. Let’s hope it stays that way for a while!

With that, I thought it was time to talk about something that overshadows any weight loss quest like a Sword of Damocles: MOTIVATION.

Sword of Damocles

Most articles on fat loss will follow what I call the DOSE formula. That is, they have these elements:

DO this: Often purporting to come from a famous personality or bodybuilder, but most often ghostwritten rehashing of the same old stuff over and over again.

Sexy model: Some people will buy the magazine for… let’s say ‘motivation’.

Exercise pics: Demo of some exercises which should help. Sometimes good old standbys, sometimes crazy and unusual to generate interest and infuse a sense of ‘freshness’ or a mystical promise of the ‘secret formula’.

 

 

I can tell you that most of these articles are useless.

You see, over the years in hospital, I’ve worked with close to 500-600 people trying to lose weight. And over the last twenty years as a personal trainer, I’ve had to change my approach many times, and find one that seems to work to help people start exercise, lose weight, and then SUSTAIN it. And I’ve learnt that where it all begins… is MOTIVATION.

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