As many of you know, I have spent the majority of my career training people, mostly women, with fat loss goals, and you may have heard me say recently on our podcast that my job isn’t really about bodies. The bodies part is easy. It only gets hard once we factor in emotions, willpower, motivation, self worth, a self destructive inner voice, and/or any other psychological obstacle that might possibly inhibit or distract someone on the path to their goals.
So, between clients and the 4 women I live with (my wife and 3 little girls), I am invested in the lives of quite a few women. As such, I find myself brainstorming often. Lately, I have been pondering cause and effect in the subjects of weight gain and insecurity about body image. The question in my head: does a person always gain fat and then become insecure about it, or is it possible that insecurity causes fat gain? As it turns out, the latter appears to be more common than I imagined, but a poor body image isn’t the only factor involved. I’ll explain, but first let’s back up a bit so I can break down how I got here in the first place.