Getting Out in Public Crucial for Weight Loss Motivation

california lap band surgeryOne of the most important motivations for anyone trying to lose weight is the desire to walk in public and feel confident about yourself. And for many men and women, going out in public can be the hardest part of the weight loss process.

While most people assume that once they start losing weight, they will want to rush out and show off their new body, the reality is that with weight loss come increased personal expectations. Each body shows weight loss in unique ways and on a unique timeline, which may be frustrating. Mastering these doubts and going out in public regardless of these feelings can be an important part of your weight loss experience, propelling you forward toward your goal.

Public Appearances Daunting for Celebrities During Weight Loss

These public appearances during the weight loss process can be difficult for celebrities as well, especially with so much depending on their image. One celebrity who is an excellent example of this situation is Lauren Manzo, of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Manzo has navigated this highly personal process of bariatric surgery and weight loss in the public eye for the last two years, and reports that she is still not comfortable in public despite losing over 40 pounds. A recent article in North Jersey states that she has turned down several bikini photo shoots due to this personal struggle.

Chris Christie, who has recently made headlines for his Lap Band procedure, has also been hesitant to discuss it, and had the procedure in secret to avoid public scrutiny.

Yet for celebrities and non-celebrities, getting out in public is an important part of the weight loss process. Being active outdoors and with other people helps you to slowly gain confidence in the way you look, and take pride in what you’ve accomplished. Regularly scheduled activities, whether exercise-oriented or social, can help you to stick to your weight loss goals and avoid backsliding, which is much easier when you spend most of your time at home.

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