Recently, the M.C Health & Wellness family sat down to had a very serious conversation about how we perceive ourselves as opposed to how others see us. Now I know that a majority of us have parts of our bodies that we’d like to improve, but the specific issue that we were discussing is called muscle dysmorphia. So I want you to try something for me. Picture a guy that you believe has the “perfect body”, wearing the perfect outfit to fit his body type, & has the most handsome physical features. With that guy in mind, can you imagine that that guy could see his body as not enough or extremely lacking definition and tone. This isn’t just the normal, “I don’t like how I look” kinda days, but this is about him being overtaken by this insecurity to become obsessive about comparing his bodies to others while putting himself down.
Bench Pressing A Smile
To put in simple terms, it’s when people don’t see how far they’ve physically grown, but instead they see themselves just as overweight or underweight as they originally were. Most people would think that the person with the “perfect physique” could never feel insecure with how they look, but that’s not always the case. This is not to say that all people who look physically fit has this level of insecurity, but this is point out that some do suffer with this as well on a consistent basis.
Muscle dysmorphia, also known as “reverse anorexia”, affects guys more commonly than ladies. This issue allows the person perceive that they aren’t muscular or lean enough, so with this false reality, they frantically try to reach an unattainable goal because their perception of themselves isn’t the truth. Being overtaken by this disorder can hinder a person’s social life, and their ability to participate in daily activities in a peace. Now you might be saying that you
Spot Your Growth
Researcher from Mayo Clinic concluded their studies with the following list of symptoms of muscle dysmorphia. Just as a disclaimer, if you’ve experience some of these symptoms, it doesn’t particularly mean that you have muscle dysmorphia, but here are a few of the behaviors that they’ve noticed:
Being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor
Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
Constantly comparing your appearance with others
Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others
Avoiding social situations
Just to list a few!
Keep Your Head Up
I understand that this topic isn’t the most fun post to read, but this is something that is really dear to the values that we stand for at M.C Health & Wellness. We are dedicated to providing a positive change on the world, and in order to do that, we believe that we have to empower you to be consistent with your healthy eating habits, push through your workout schedule, but also congratulate and celebrate your fitness growth. Your emotional well-being is an important step to learning self-esteem and fighting muscle dysmorphia.
A few ways to fight this are:
Set small fitness goals and follow through with them, to get your mind familiar with the small victories to project you to large wins.
Practice breathing exercises to slow your heart rate down so you can rationally examine the situation
Measure yourself once a month to have a physical marker of your growth
Connect with a gym partner that can help encourage you with those tougher days
Learn good habits & help someone else in need.
Becoming more selfless takes the attention off of you, but also allowed you to help someone else grow
I’m not saying that it’s going to be easy, but your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Without a strong mind, it can be extremely difficult to even believe that you are worthy to succeed. Absorb all of this information, and examine yourself so you can grow, while M.C puts the wellness back into M.C Health & Wellness.