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Do People Lose Weight Just To Look Good?

January 1st, 2009 · 17 Comments ·


More and more people sign up gym packages to work out. Most want to lose weight. Sometime, I just wonder how many lose weight because of health. For some, looking good is actually the only motivation factor.

For me, I started working out at gym because I want a healthy lifestyle. After some years, I have to admit that appearance eventually overtakes to be the main reason.

When I told my friends about that, they don’t believe what I said.

“What?¬† Come on, you are a man, do you really care so much about on how you look?”

“You should have self esteem. You should like yourself and not care about how others look at you.”

Given a choice, I don’t want to have a beer belly. I don’t want to have flabby muscles.

Don’t get me wrong. I totally agree that appearance can only bring us so far. Personality and attitude still count.

I am not the so called metrosexual guy in big city. I don’t go for skin care, spa or salon for my hairdo. I use normal face wash and I go to normal barber shop.


Just because I go to gym and I admit I want to look good shouldn’t categorize me as a person who cares only about appearance.

OK, enough about me. What about you, do you lose weight just to look good?



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  • Lisa // Jan 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Ummm….what is the best way of losing weight? Is it by reducing consumption of carbo? Heard that rice makes a person fat ya? Can you advise me?

  • Jeremy // Jan 1, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    When I first joined the gym, I admit it was for the sake of appearance. But, as time progresses, I started going to the gym and started training for boxing and muay thai. So, I guess I am training for myself now, to improve my fight game.

  • Harvind // Jan 1, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Lisa: Reducing the amount of carbs is one thing. But you also have to do a lot of cardio/weight training and eat more frequently to speed up your metabolism.

  • Ria Osorio // Jan 1, 2009 at 11:24 PM

    In 2006 leading up to 2007, I led a very stressful lifestyle which resulted in a nervous breakdown around February 2007. This led me to rethink my habits, and I started taking my health more seriously. I was already enrolled in a gym but then I decided to take it more seriously by hiring a personal trainer. Since then, the demands of my profession have even increased, but I am able to take it all much better, thanks to my regular workout. I also find that when I work out regularly, I generally have more energy.

    In summary, my primary motive for signing up for gym was not to look good or even to lose weight, but to maintain my sanity. Of course, in the process, my appearance improved a lot :)

  • Kimberly // Jan 2, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    I need to lose weight but I joined the gym to increase my health, first and foremost.

  • DM // Jan 2, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    For me, it was appearance all the way for about 5 years – and towards the last 2 to 3 years, I focused on the health benefits. One simple way to enjoy and reap the benefits is to ensure we get sufficient cardiovascular exercise for a healthy heart. That’s what most people skip cos its not pleasant.

  • Tami // Jan 2, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Originally I started going, as my friend needed motivation to go. She’d had the membership for a year and had been a handful of times. So I agreed to be her gym buddy. And to be fair, I probably needed it more than her. (being at the time 170cm and bordering on 100kgs!!!)
    I’m of the mindset that if you are going to do it, then do it properly and soon felt myself getting into a regular cycle. Even popping in on the weekends if I had a spare hour. It’s now become a way of life more than anything. And I bore people to death talking about body combat. lol
    I joke now that I go to the gym so that I can fit into pretty dresses, being of a size once where shopping was a hellish experience as the sizes were never big enough.

    I don’t believe that I went to the gym to have a healthy life style. But thats what I go for now. I’m healthier, more awake and aware of my body and how it works. I cut down on un healthy foods as i know now what they do to your body not because it’s gonna make you fat. And it helps that the more you go the better you look, the better you feel, the more you work out. it’s a cycle, but it’s one of those good cycles. :)

  • daniel // Jan 2, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    I didn’t join a gym, I work out at home and go to the gym for some cardio on saturdays. I’m asian (brown) and most people in my family aren’t too healthy, in school I used to eat junk everyday and noticed a bit of a belly forming, so I thought of all the adults in my family and realised that every single on of them is fat, so in a wierd way that became my original motivation to lose weight. This was about 2 years ago, now I’ve lost that extra weight and am happy with my looks, I just work out to look lean, but health is still a factor as injuries have held my progress back, so a bit of both really.

  • asithi // Jan 3, 2009 at 12:58 AM

    I workout to stay healthy. I started working out regularly after my car accident a few years ago. I find that exercise helps manage whatever residual back problems I have. The added benefit of extra energy and feeling great is something that I am used to now. If I skip my exercise for more than 3 days, I start to get cranky.

  • afma // Jan 3, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    I did to look better which will give me more confidence in my opinion.

  • Lisa Lee // Jan 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Arms, Hips and thighs, not forgetting the belly areas are the hardest to lose…. Can you share some tips please~ :)

  • Dyans // Jan 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    I worked out to stay healthy AND to look good. ;)

  • chickens // Jan 12, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    I lift weights at gym, yes one to look good, to undo the damage done after being heavy for so long and also because of this gastric problem i have. I dont know why, but when i started lifting, i never encountered gastric problems until recently when i decided to take a long break, due to exam. Only then I realised that lifting weight indirectly destress myself, hence no gastric [i tend to get gastric when in stress, no idea why]

  • Amnda // Jan 19, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    Believe it or not, i started going to the gym cos i was bored at uni. I was attracted to the energetic instructors after watching them doing a demo at shopping mall and loved it so much i signed up. No regrets.

    A year plus now and well.. i’ve completed a few 10K runs, a marathon and doing climbing too. Joining a gym can be life changing. It’s your first step to increasing your fitness level so that you can attempt other sports and develop a passion for it. Tho of course, i’d agree with many that a spinning class after a buffet is a life saver ;p

    To Lisa Lee:
    Personally for arms i’d highly recommend bench dips coupled with triceps pulldowns.

    Do 3-4 sets of 15-20 pulldowns with a minute rest in between and finish off with dips. For dips, arrange two benches parallel to each other, your palms faced down on one, and your heels on the other. Do 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps.

    do this twice a week.

    As for legs, spinning and squats would be more than sufficient. Toned legs and butt.. Just go easy on the resistance and weights darling cos it’s fat burn you want, not turning into that green big Hulk.

    If you want to torch the fat faster, hop onto the treadmill after doing your weights.

    You can do your triceps with your chest exercises and biceps with your back exercises and keep legs for another day ;)

    For more info on exercises, check out sites online, be it Women’s health. Men’s health or testosterone nation even!

  • Jade // Feb 7, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Honestly? Both. When I work out often I just feel better, so yes, obviously I also do it for the health benefits. But after a while, when you start noticing it pays off not only in the fact that you’re less tired, but also in the looks department, appearance starts to become the main thing. And why would that be a bad thing? Sure, you’ll always have people who take it to the extremes, but a healthy desire to look good, man or woman…there’s nothing wrong with that.

    When you fancy someone, it’s because he/she has a great personality, but secretly it’s also because he/she looks nice the way he/she does. Right?

    I’m not a saint. I’m shallow, even. I’m 21 and I care about my looks. I don’t buy the most expensive clothes, nor does my speech consist of gibberish about my weight, but I try to look as nice as possible, working with what I’ve been given and what I can afford.It’s not the sole reason for my existence, but ingrained in my routine–like brushing my teeth is. I expect a guy to do the same. For you to care about your looks and getting those responses from your friends, I think that they’re still with their head stuck in the sand. Sure, not everyone can look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. But working with what you have and making an effort shows and a girl like me appreciates that.

    I’ll go as far as saying I don’t really like people that don’t take care of their appearance. The facilities are there–USE THEM! Being fat, there’s no good excuse unless you’re honestly suffering from some sort of disease or condition that leaves you with no other choice.

    People that are out of shape from a young age will have that biting them in the ass later on. I’m not intent on marrying someone who stands a good chance at dropping dead at a young age because they’ve not been taking care of themselves.

    There, now let the hate mail come in….

  • Sangeetha // Feb 8, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Have a question: can we walk or do exercise ofter meal( i mean after breakfast lunch and dinner)?

  • redz // Sep 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    can somebody please recommend some whole body work out that does not need to enroll in a gym?? i really can’t afford it… tnx!..

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