There are a lot of ways to tackle the goal of losing weight. You can cut your calories, increase your exercise, eat less fat, eat less carbs, go vegetarian and the list goes on. But before you make the decision on “how” to lose weight you need to make the decision of “why” you want to lose weight.
Weight loss is hard and anyone who tells you that it isn’t is either lying or they’ve never tried to lose weight themselves. Sure, cleaning up your diet and increasing your physical activity isn’t rocket science but it is hard work. You have years of eating and lifestyle habits that need to improve if you are going to reach your goals and that doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes a plan, it takes dedication and it takes resilience.
So what does this have to do with “why”? If you’re like most of us there are going to be times when you get off track and there absolutely will be temptations. It’s freezing outside and you don’t want to roll out of bed and go to the gym. Your child has a birthday party and there’s pizza, cake and ice cream everywhere. The holidays. These are just a few very real examples of situations that can derail your weight loss efforts and if you’re not careful, send you spiraling back to those bad eating and activity habits. So how do you stay on track?
It all comes down to “why”. Why do you want to lose weight in the first place? Is it for your health, that’s a great reason! Is it so you can fit back into those old pair of jeans, no shame in that. Maybe you want to be able to get out and go hiking or play with the kids and your excess weight is holding you back. Or maybe its ‘s so you feel more attractive to your spouse or to boost your self confidence so you can feel better about yourself? The fact of the matter is that there is no right or wrong answer. What’s most important is that it is a reason that is deeply important to you. So important that everything else that comes your way is secondary to your reason for losing this weight.
So before choosing what diet or exercise program you are going to lose weight determine your “why”, right it down and review it every morning, put it on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, anywhere where you will see it EVERY day. It’s your why that will help give you the strength to avoid the temptations, to get out of bed and head to the gym and probably most importantly to give you the nudge to get back on track when that special occasion throws a wrench in your diet. I would argue that the strength to be consistent in whatever approach you take to weight loss is more important than the approach itself. Your “why” will give you that strength. So what is your “why”?
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