What is Your Motivation to Lose Weight?

weight loss motivation

Weight loss motivation is extremely important. Without it – it’s hard to get results.

So stop and figure out for a minute – what’s yours?

Remember – this varies from person to person. Some people look want better health, others – a healthier appearance, others – an improved quality of life.

Regardless of your factors or reasons, the reason to do it must come from you and no one else.

Doctors, friends and family members can pressure, encourage or recommend losing weight, but unless you are fully committed to the process, you will not be intrinsically motivated to succeed.

Better Health

A visit to the doctor is often all it takes.

Being overweight, you are made aware every time you look in the mirror.  Overtime, you almost become resolved or immune to your increasing weight.

A medical professional informing you of high blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes and cancer, elevated cholesterol, and/or decreased life span often gives people the  motivation to lose weight and improve their health.

Look Better

Perhaps you are not obese, but just a bit overweight. Working your body back into great shape is motivation for many.

Looking and feeling great, having others take a second look at you, eating healthy and exercising are all reasons people become motivated to lose weight and get into great shape.

Improved Quality of Life

Life is short, you only get one chance at it.

Being overweight often negatively impacts your quality of life.

You might not being able to play with your children, go up a flight of stairs or even fit into a movie or airplane seat.  Being overweight can be detrimental to your desired lifestyle. As we age, being overweight further limits our mobility and increases the likelihood of a multitude of debilitating health conditions.

But even if you just need to lose a few pounds – you’ll feel much better if you get it done in a healthy way.  You’ll have more energy and get more things done during the day.

Improving the quality of life is a great weight-loss motivator!

Sustaining Your Momentum

Trainers and health professionals see it all the time: people come in to gyms motivated and willing to do what ever it takes to change the quality of their health. They start out working-out and eating healthy, only to burn out and lose motivation after a few short weeks.

Keeping up the momentum is much more difficult than is appears. In fact, sustaining momentum is a deeply psychological process that requires an understanding of, and commitment to, the process of change.

So maintain your momentum through the following steps:

  • Answer the question “Why do you want to lose weight?”
  • Understand and accept that weight loss takes time. It will not happen quickly.
  • Start exercise slowly, gradually increasing intensity of your workouts.
  • Maintain an exercise and food diary.
  • Make slow, gradual changes to your diet.
  • Set realistic goals and celebrate achievements. Set your weight loss goal at roughly 2 pounds a week, anything more will result in unhealthy weight loss.
  • Weigh-in every week or two. Avoid checking your weight everyday.  The slow changes are tough to notice, so opt for the long term (one to two week weigh-ins to see real change).
  • Drink as much water as you possibly can.

Remember, losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure you are mentally and emotionally ready to commit to the journey.

There is no doubt the path will be full of challenges. Keep up your weight loss motivation, and the end result is well worth the hard work required!



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