The left photo is probably the leanest I've ever been since I started embarking on this fitness thing (I almost wrote journey but slapped myself and came back to reality). The right is now. On the left I didn't appreciate how lean I was at the time. I didn't instantaneously become happy. I didn't suddenly like myself. Being lean didn't fill any void. I didn't even enjoy the process. I felt obsessive and tired.
As I tell myself and my clients, often, reducing your body fat percentage, changing your physique, dieting, restricting yourself, looking sweet as, having people tell you that you look sweet as, none of it makes everything ok.
There is absolutely a sense of achievement in working hard and looking the way you want to. There is some success attached to that. But if you stand there at your goal weight looking at the body you always dreamed of and still think "why don't I feel good enough?" Then maybe the answer isn't in body change at all.
Before you decide that a diet is the answer really consider whether in 16 weeks time the diet will make all of your problems fade away. I'm guessing not. 😘