When a Great Body Belongs to Someone Else

It’s easy to fall into the trap of critically comparing yourself to people who have reached their fitness goals. But depending on your outlook, you can get inspired, not frustrated, by someone else’s achievement.

Who hasn’t stared at someone with the fit, healthy body that we’d all like to have? But if you start critically comparing yourself to that ideal, it can have negative consequences on your weight loss and mental health.

If you can look at somebody else and not be self-critical — look at their body and their achievements as an inspiration, that can be useful. But if it’s a self-critical way of looking at people and thinking, ‘I’ll never look like that,’ that’s when it becomes more difficult.

In other words, see them as a source of motivation, inspiration, and even advice on living a healthy lifestyle, but not as a physical ideal you have to reach.

You always have to keep in mind that your body is yours, and your shape is determined by your own genetics. Look at the behavior as opposed to the appearance.

If you approach weight loss with a healthy mindset, you may find that looking to someone who lives a fit, healthy lifestyle or who managed to lose weight successfully will really help you. 

Part of the human condition means you’re always comparing yourself to others, appearance and otherwise.