What inspires you to lose weight?
Is there something that motivates you to continue even when you want to give up?
When you search and find exactly why you want to lose weight, it’s far more important than how?
Find YOUR why, and let it drive you to achieve the results you desire.
You know you want to lose weight. Hopefully you know how to lose weight with the correct diet and exercise regimen. But, do you have a clear idea on “why”?
A why for each person can be different. And it’s important to reflect on and clearly write down your personal why. Let’s go over this and discuss why clearing up your why is a must for weight loss. We’ll also go over some motivations that could be your why.
Why a “why” is so important
Your weight loss “why” is your motivation. Let’s say a friend or someone asks you why you want to lose weight and you don’t have a clear answer. Will your weight loss goal be successful? Probably not!
Let’s face it, losing weight and keeping it off is difficult. No one can do it for you. You have to be dedicated to it. You have to want to lose weight. Not just as a vague idea or plan, but as a firm resolution deep within as if your life depended on it. Which it does if you really face it.
But, why should you want to lose weight? There can be many reasons. Some good and some not so good. You need to find yours. Something that resonates with you and forces you to stay the course. What are some things that you could use as your why?
Longevity could be a “why” for you
Doesn’t everyone want a long, healthy life? We all have that choice. It’s an undeniable fact that carrying an excess of unhealthy weight shortens your life. Sometimes by many years. The most common killers in America are a group of illnesses called Metabolic Syndrome. They’re especially common in overweight people. These life-shortening diseases are things like diabetes, stroke, heart failure, hypertension, and other related conditions.
The desire for survival is built in to every living thing on the planet. This desire to stay alive for as long as you possibly can is a powerful why. I hear a lot of people say they don’t want to live too long. What kind of idea is that? It comes from seeing all the suffering that people go through as they get older. It doesn’t have to be that way at all. Haven’t we all seen those stories of people living long, healthy lives?
Imagine that for yourself and let it become your passion. Let it be your “why” for getting the weight off and living in health.
The ability to move your body easier could be your why
Another excellent why for you could be mobility or activity. It’s a great “why because it’s also a great “how.”
Being overweight makes it more difficult to engage in physical activity. It limits your options when it comes to what activities you would like to engage in. It also creates this double-edged sword in which high bodyweight makes it harder to be active and not being active makes it harder to maintain a healthy weight.
Maybe you just dislike physical activity. But, if you think about all of the kinds of physical activity that are out there – from walking to running or hiking to biking or swimming or dancing – it becomes harder to believe that you really aren’t interested in it at all. Right?
What about mental health as your why?
Another “why” is about happiness and self-esteem. Studies have shown that engaging in physical activity makes you happier and more mentally healthy – whether you’re overweight or not. Physical activity makes people feel better.
One thing that most people do consider a priority is self-control. You can make a habit of practicing this by watching what you eat and how often you work out. In this way, your why for weight loss can be a mental one rather than a physical one.
Caring about family or friends is a great why
Weight loss is something that you must do but YOU don’t need to be the reason that you do it. Maybe you don’t really care about your health or really haven’t found an activity that you care about and don’t feel the need to improve your mental or physical health.
But, are there other people in your life that love you? That are worried about you and your health? When you don’t have your own “why”, you can always use someone else as your “why.”
There are so many reasons a “why” can help you to lose weight. There are many things that can be your inspiration if you haven’t found one yet. Take the time to really sit down, contemplate, and find your why and be the best YOU that you can be.
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