Tapping into your emotions to determine your primary goal behind losing weight can help you stay motivated so you can reach your goals even faster.
When regular exercise and a healthy diet fail to help you reach your weight-loss goals, you may feel tempted to throw in the towel and give up. But sometimes, the key to losing weight is discovering your true motivation behind weight loss. Why do you want to lose weight, and how can the answer help you succeed?
Follow these tips to tap into your emotions and start looking within yourself to find your true motivation.
Ask yourself why you want to lose weight
Begin by identifying the true reason why you want to lose weight in the first place. Do you want to lose weight so you can become healthier? If so, why do you want to become healthier? For instance, if you want to become healthier so you can stop being dependent on medications for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, use that reason as your motivation for losing weight.
If you’re still unsure about why you really want to lose weight, keep drilling down until you uncover a highly powerful motivator and personal reason behind your decision.
Focus on how you CAN lose weight, instead of how you can’t
If exercise and good nutrition aren’t already built into your lifestyle, it can be easy to find excuses as to why you can’t lose weight. Perhaps work or family obligations are cutting into gym time, or perhaps you blame your inability to lose weight on your genetic background. Excuses such as these will only hinder your weight-loss progress, and hold you back from reaching your goals.
Instead of focusing on what you can’t do to lose weight, start focusing on what you can do. Where there’s a will, there’s a way — especially if your goal is to lose weight and become healthier. Stay positive, and avoid thinking about the negatives.
Share your goals with others
Informing your friends, family, and loved ones about your weight-loss goals can help you stay accountable for reaching those goals. Sharing your goals with others also allows you to benefit from the empathy, support, and guidance you need from those who care about you and are devoted to helping you succeed.
Jump in and get started
When you’re ready to lose weight and become healthier, there’s no better time than the present! The longer you put off exercise and healthy eating, the longer and harder you may have to work later on at losing weight and achieving better health. As time goes by, you can always continue making small healthy lifestyle changes as needed until you’re on the right track to meet your weight-loss goals.
Connect weight loss to a larger life purpose
Is excess weight preventing you from living the life you want to live? Find a way to connect weight loss to a larger life purpose, such as being physically fit enough to travel regularly or enjoy certain activities. Identifying how weight loss can enhance your life is key to finding the motivation you need to become fit, healthier, and happier.
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Medically reviewed by Jay J. Garcia, MD on June 12, 2017