Eliz Greene

Think taping a photo of a skinny person to the fridge will help you lose weight?

It won’t!

In a wonderful interview on NPR this morning, Anne Klesse, a researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands described her study.

Two groups of women interested in losing weight were given food journals to record everything they ate – an excellent weight loss strategy.  One group received journals with a picture of a tape measure on the cover and on each page.  The second group received journals with a picture of a skinny model on the cover and on each page.

What do you think happened?

The first group was successful in losing weight.

The second group was not, and in fact many showed a slight weight gain.

What should you take from this?

Set realistic goals, surround yourself with encouraging people and images. If you feel like you’ll never attain that “skinny model” look it is easy to just give up.

The goal is a healthier you – a happier you – not some airbrushed image from the media.

Be kind to yourself.  Eat well. Move your bootie. Smile more.

Other articles you might like:

Is This Diet Crazy?

Exercise for the Non-Exerciser

Eliz Greene works busy women to improve heart health, so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.

She is a heart attack survivor and the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart as well as 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after wellness & stress management speaker. Eliz was recently named one of the Top Ten Online Influencers on Stress.

If you are planning a women’s wellness program, workplace wellness program or programs for healthcare professionals check out EmbraceYourHeart.com to see if Eliz would be a good fit with your organization.


About Eliz Greene

Eliz Greene survived a heart attack at age 35 while seven months pregnant with twins. Her down-to-earth strategies to manage stress and improve heart health and reduce stress are used by thousands of busy people all over the world. She is a motivational wellness speaker, author, and job stress researcher. Visit elizgreene.com to book Eliz for your next event.

2 Responses to “That Picture on the Fridge Won’t Help!”

  • […] Studies have shown images of ridiculously skinny (and most likely photoshopped) bodies is skimpy clothing do nothing to motivate us to exercise or eat right.  In fact, quite the opposite is true. Rather than focusing on whether or not a bathing suit is in your future, this summer commit to having the energy to enjoy the season. What would you like to DO this season? Mow the lawn without being winded? Play ball with the kids? Haul the boat in and out? Pull out the tent and enjoy the outdoors? Picnic with folks you enjoy? Set your sights on the pleasure of the season. See Also: That Picture On The Fridge Won’t Help […]

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