As a naturopath who specializes in weight loss, I see a lot of patients who are motivated to change their lives because they are convinced the loss of a few (or many) pounds will dramatically improve their outlook.
There is nothing wrong with being motivated by vanity, or even the belief that happiness lies inside a pair of skinny jeans, but "looking good" is not a strong motivator for adopting and sticking with a healthy lifestyle. Despite losses, you may never feel you look good enough, which will leave you discouraged. Or you might get there and give yourself permission to fall back into old patterns.
I've seen the most dramatic results when patients have found deep and personal reasons to stick with a healthy living commitment, and reasons that reveal how good it feels to reconnect with your body.
After you master nutrition and set yourself on a path to choosing wholesome and nourishing foods, I'd like you to master fitness — not to tone your butt but for these five amazing ways exercise changes your body: