Question of the Week: Do weight loss photos inspire you or depress you?

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Janet Jackson weight loss timelineJanet Jackson was in US magazine again this year because she kept the weight off after losing 60 pounds in four months last year. Seeing her weight loss pictures really inspired me to do better.

But I hear from the “experts” all the time that continued exposure to photos of beautiful people makes young girls depressed and anorexic. I don’t quite know where they are getting their data for these assumptions, but it does make me wonder if I’m the weird one.

Do weight loss photos inspire you or depress you?

Do photographs of thin people make you want to eat healthier?

Do you cut out pictures of people who have the physique that you want?

Do you keep a book of these photographs to look at when you feel like eating poorly?

I feel like the photos inspire me. I keep a book, but I haven’t added to it in a long time. I haven’t even looked at it in a long time. I even had photos of what I wanted my hair to look like. I was finally able to get my hair to be “perfect” only to realize that it wasn’t worth 45 minutes of my time EVERY day. Now, I live with crazy curly hair and use the extra 45 minutes to write more. It makes me worry that weight loss might be the same.


7 Responses to “Question of the Week: Do weight loss photos inspire you or depress you?”

  1. iportion Says:

    When I am eating heslthy stories of healthy eating help me but photos don’t. I am not trying to look like anybudy else but me and a lot of photos are doctored.

  2. Kwan Says:

    Janet’s pictures inspire me because I am pushing close to 40 years old. Well…I am 36 but still. I know that she is human and have the same problems with weight as most of us.

    It is so easy to gain weight, but it is difficult to get back in the grove to reverse the numbers. The show, The Biggest Loser, also inspires me. I love Marcus. He has truly been my inspiration to continue to strive for my fitness goal.

  3. Megan Says:

    Sometimes the photos inspire me & sometimes they depress me. If I am doing really well, eating healthy & going to the gym often, they inspire me. If I’m not working that hard, sometimes they depress me. “I’ll never look like that!” And then there are the times that I am not working hard & I look at photos like these & I think, “I can do that too!”

    I guess it’s a woman’s perogative to change her mind! 🙂

  4. Jenni Says:

    If I’m sticking to my exercise schedule – looking at pictures really encourages me to stick with it. In fact, I usually take a magazine to look at when I’m on the stair climber!

  5. Elastic Waist Says:

    It can definitely be inspiring to see a body transform before your eyes, but it isn’t healthy for a person’s weight to fluctuate drastically back and forth. Slow and steady wins the race on this one!

  6. Jasmine White Says:

    As part of my personal weight loss plan I made a vision board. It’s kind of like a collage only with pictures of what you would like to achieve and inspirational sayings. I had photos of skinny women who had lost weight and were holding up thier old “fat” pants. I had photos of women running, jumping and dancing and quotes from women athletes. I hung it on my wall and looked at it for one year, asking myself, “What would it take to look like that?” Then I was inspired to change my habits. So yes, photos do inspire me. I was wearing an 18, now I wear a size 10.

  7. marina Says:

    i love janet jackson and i wuld do anything to meet her<3im her biggest fan

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