Weight loss motivation is the key to long term health
Diets do not matter. That seems like a bold statement doesn’t it? By this is the truth. If you’ve been blaming yourself for not having enough will power or weight loss motivation to stick to a particular diet, you will forever find yourself on the yo-yo diet circuit. You are likely to go from one diet to the next looking for the perfect solution to your weight loss issues. However, this is where most people go wrong. Diet experts and weight loss gurus who pitch particular diets often believe if people could just stick to their plan everything would be OK. The problem is that the diet is not the answer.
Everyone knows all you have to do is reduce your calories and exercise to lose weight
It’s irrelevant which diet you choose to take up. People who have succeeded on a particular diet will swear by it and tell you it’s the best diet in the world. But… what they have failed to recognise is that the diet per se was not the answer – it was their level of weight loss motivation. They just happened to be on that particular diet when the timing was just right for them.
Having motivation to achieve any goal (weight loss motivation is a common goal for many people) is driven by your level of self worth, how important you believe the goal and how confident you are that you can succeed in it. So, when friends tells you their diet worked, it is because these three elements were in perfect sync. Self worth was high enough to believe they deserved to lose the weight in that moment. The desire to lose weight was brought on by a strong need. For instance they believed it was so important to them at that time to lose weight in order to have the energy to play with their children, reduce an illness, or look good for a special event, and so on. Thirdly at that time they believed they could succeed because they had succeeded at other goals in the past, or they believed this diet could not fail, etc.
Three Steps To Boosting Your Weight loss Motivation
Step 1: Trust that you’re worth it
You would have no hesitation in telling a friend that she is a worthy person who deserves good things. So it’s time to give yourself the same respect. Think about what makes you a worthy person? Why do you deserve to feel healthy, have more energy and live a life where your weight is never an issue? What would it mean to you to feel and look your best? These are the questions to start with. By delving into your self worth, you begin to find the source of thoughts and feelings that are holding you back. You also soon realise that ‘of course’ you are a worthy person. Of course you have a right to put your health needs first.
You may begin to think about all the great things you do in your life for others that you just take for granted. For instance, how much you do every day for your family, colleagues, or friends. Think about what you do every day to help run your home or office. You may prepare meals for others, support those in need or just provide a shoulder to cry on. Think about what those closest to you would say about you too. These people see the real you.
Step 2: Make sure it’s important for you
Think about what it would mean to you or someone you care about to lose weight and get into shape. Would it mean that you would be happier and subsequently be more relaxed and fun around your family or friends? Would boosting your weight loss motivation impact your overall health – for instance improve your skin tone, reduce the chace of heart disease or high cholesterol? Do you have a fantasy of impressing someone else by looking your best on a particular day? Would your loved ones stop worrying about you if you make your health a priority? Whatever it means to you… find what makes getting into shape REALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU
Step 3: Look at past successes
Where in your life could you draw confidence from past success? When was a time that you set out to achieve a goal and you did it. It might be a course you completed at University. Perhaps you successfully completed a renovation you set out to finalise at home. Did you have the wedding of your dreams after all your hard work and dedication? Have you ever stuck to a budget, or achieved a financial savings goal. The key is to look for times when you set a goal and you had the motivation to see it through. That’s the key element to believing you can succeed at achieving your weight loss goal.
Losing weight should not be a negative for you
It’s important when you are trying to boost your weight loss motivation, to see it in a positive light. Think about all the things you are going to gain that make boosting your exercise levels and improving your diet really worth it. How much better will you feel as a result.
Lizzie O’Halloran, BBSc, MASR, NLP Prac
Founder of Help For Mums & Happy Life