Are you motivated to lose weight to improve your health rather than only for looks? I myself gain more motivation by learning about processed food ingredients and what they do to the body than I do by thinking only about my looks. Don’t get me wrong, I do gain motivation by the latter, but health, biology, and gaining knowledge about the evolution of our food industry really gets me going.
If these topics also motivate you, I recommend that you watch Super Size Me, a documentary by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. I’ve owned this DVD since it was released, and it’s something that you can watch multiple times; in fact it helps me to watch it again when my motivation wanes.
In this documentary, Morgan goes on a diet of only McDonald’s food for 30 days. Prior to this experiment, he gets complete medical testing and those results are documented throughout the process. Needless to say, his health and medical test results decrease rapidly, along with the extra bonus of (quick) weight gain. He feels horrible, loses his libido, and is listless and tired until he gets a shot of the food again.
I gave my motivation a boost by watching Super Size Me again because it ties into another post that I am writing. The DVD also includes extras, and the interview with Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation, shouldn’t be missed. He explains how the “meat” in fast food hamburgers is not from one cow (like you should find at the local butcher), but is instead bits and pieces from a multitude of cows.
It’s little tidbits like this that stick in my mind and turn me off the fast food burger joints. There are many other points made in the DVD that motivated me to stay away from fast food in general, and I even used it as a resource for a couple of previous articles (here and here).
If you’re looking for some motivation to get off of fast food, improve your health, and drop some weight in the process, you can find it on Amazon: