Use Your Heart, Not Your Head To Stay Motivated For Losing Weight
Keeping yourself motivated to lose weight is sometimes difficult, right?
You most likely won’t find this kind of motivation from any diet book.
It comes from within!
If you were to follow your head when it comes to weight loss, then you’d follow a very logical approach of eating this and not that, exercising this way and not that, drinking this and not that, and boom… you’d drop all the weight you could ever need to lose. But we all know it’s not that easy, right? That’s because weight loss is not about logic. It’s about your emotions.
The motivation that lasts, the kind that’ll help you lose weight and keep it off, isn’t found in any diet book. It’s found by locating and successfully dealing with the emotional reasons that you sabotage your health and make unhealthy food choices. And only your heart can teach you to embrace and love the new, healthier habits that will lead you to lasting weight loss success.
Let’s Take a Look at Motivation
When it comes to losing weight or accomplishing any goal that requires changing ingrained habits, what’s more important than your amount of motivation is the source of your motivation.
You see, we can be motivated by external rewards, like money or recognition from others, but this type of motivation isn’t going to help you make the lasting changes you need. If you’re losing weight to please someone else or because you feel forced to make changes, then you’re less likely to remain motivated over the long-term to accomplish your goals.
Internal motivation, the type that comes from your personal choices and your own initiative, is much more likely to achieve success on your weight loss journey. The more autonomy you have over your willingness to succeed, the better the results are likely to be. That means that the more you want something with your heart and the more critical it is to your values and dreams, the more significant the influence it’ll have over your behaviors.
You Must Find Your “Why?”
When it comes to losing weight, you must, discover your real motivation for deciding that you need to change your life. Start by asking yourself a straightforward question. “If I could do anything in my life, what would I want to accomplish?” Then, ask yourself the same question about your health. “If I could do anything for my health, what would I want to accomplish?”
Your answers will be very different from other people’s because we’re all unique. You might want to feel more comfortable in your body, or your focus may be on eliminating medications for symptoms caused by a poor diet.
Or maybe you just want more energy or to be able to do activities you once enjoyed. Some people want to be happier with their size while others want to be able to move without pain or without trouble breathing.
Whatever your “why,” think about how much you really want to achieve this goal and what it would mean for you to achieve this goal. How would your life change? How would you feel? And how important are these things to you? Spending some time getting in touch with these answers and being honest with yourself about what you want to do and why, will help you determine if your motivation is coming from a place of internal desire or from external sources.
Once you know what it is that you really value when it comes to your weight and health, you can design a goal and a plan for reaching it that’ll ensure your success. But, it’s equally crucial that you recognize all the “why nots” that have prevented your success up until this point.
Accepting that you have not overcome obstacles up to this point in your journey is important so you can come up with and create better plans for overcoming these moving forward.
Consider what you’ve allowed to stand in your way, and how you’ll do things differently from now on.