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As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.  Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.   Eph 2:1-6

Are you satisfied?  Seriously, are you satisfied with your marriage, your relationship with your children?  Are you satisfied with your diet, your health, when you look in the mirror or the way you feel?  When you flip through a beauty or fitness magazine, how much time do you spend staring at the models with the perfect physiques? Your answer may depend on how you feel about your own body.

The dictionary defines being satisfied like this, “to put an end to (a desire, want, need, etc.) by sufficientor ample provision”‘.  If you’re not satisfied, then what’s keeping you from putting an end to a desire, want or need?

Media Psychology published a survey and according to their research, it also depends on whether or not these photos are followed by articles detailing how you too can achieve six-pack abs or slim toned thighs.

In a study of 169 people recruited from a Midwestern University in the USA, they filled out various surveys that asked a variety of questions pertaining to their perceptions about their body image. All the participants then evaluated two twenty one paged magazines on a computer.

The magazines included sixteen pages of advertisements where half featured models with ideal attributes and the other half featured models with more average shapes. Men looked at magazines with male images and women only looked at female images. Only one of the two magazines offered informative articles on diet and exercise while the other featured general articles of interest. Computer software was used to analyze the exact amount of time the individual participants spent on each page.

The studies conclusion:

1.)  People who were not satisfied with their body shape and size spent 50% more time looking at models with ideal bodies when these images were accompanied by articles about diet, fitness and self improvement compared to similar images surrounded by non self improvement related articles.

“If the articles inspired them to go on a diet or start an exercise program, they would spend more time looking at the ideal bodies,” says study researcher Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, PhD, an associate professor of communication at Ohio State University in Columbus. “If the articles gave them no inspiration, they tended to avoid the photos.”

2.)  Those individuals that were satisfied with their physiques spent the same amount of time on the images regardless of the content.

3.) Women generally study every photo-shopped dimple free thigh and butt which may motivate them to take an extra spinning class or skip dessert, she says. “Yet on the other hand, they secretly curse their genetics and long for supermodel legs that can never be achieved, so they are setting themselves up for disappointment.”

My conclusion:

Two thirds of Americans are obese and they are looking for solutions.  My suggestion is to find a real life success story, a person who made a lifestyle change to get fit and healthy that can inspire you on your own journey!  If you want to find real inspiration, from real people, who worked hard everyday, made a lifestyle change and did it while living normal lives then CLICK HERE.  Magazines and gyms fill your head with false promises and shallow hope of making changes.  Satisfied with your body?  You can be, but its up to YOU.  No one can give YOU the the desire, YOU and only YOU can, “decide, commit and succeed”.


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