If there is 1 thing which all dietitians and obesity experts agree on, it is that personal motivation is the basis of all weight loss success. No matter how healthy the diet-plan, or what combination of nourishment and calories it contains, it won’t help anyone lose weight unless they follow it for long enough. Their willingness to do so depends entirely on how motivated they are to change their eating and exercise habits to be able to reach their weight loss goals.
Motivation Advice Hard To Find
The Internet offers a bewildering array of diets and weight loss eating programs, but guidance on motivation when dieting is in extremely short supply. Given the strong connection between diet-compliance and motivation, this absence of motivational help is surprising to say the least. It may stem from the fact that lots of diets are created by people who lack hands-on experience of helping people to manage their weight. Maybe they see weight loss as a biological rather than a human procedure. In that case, I think it is a mistake.
Motivating Yourself To Lose Weight
I tell all my customers that starting a weight loss diet plan is like starting a journey. And like any journey it requires preparation. We will need to look ahead and plan how to overcome issues that occur along the way. Using this method we take charge of the process and greatly increase our chances of success.
Unfortunately, many dieters do not plan ahead. Rather, they take things as they come, and rely upon two things: their initial enthusiasm, and (when this wears off) their willpower. But enthusiasm and willpower aren’t sufficient to overcome the temptations and problems which we face when we try to change our eating habits and lifestyle.
Stop for a minute and imagine taking your family on a camping trip. Do you rely on your enthusiasm and willpower for food and shelter? Of course not. In all likelihood you spend hours ahead carefully packing and preparing for every eventuality, and the entire trip is carefully planned out beforehand.
Yet when you begin a diet-journey, many of you set off without any kind of planning or preparation. It’s as if you are convinced that everything will go smoothly. But let’s face it, what diet runs smoothly? Answer: none! What exactly happens when we encounter a significant issue? Answer: we wobble, and often quit.
We Need To Plan New Thinking Outcomes
Planning a diet-journey does not involve packing equipment, it entails packing “new thoughts”. We will need to rehearse and embrace new methods of thinking in order to overcome problems during our journey. This is not psycho-babble – this is plain common sense. After all, successful dieting is largely a matter of motivation and attitude. It’s about what goes on between our ears!
The Most Frequent Dieting Problem
The most common problem we face when dieting is boredom. This generally happens when our initial enthusiasm for losing weight wears off, and we become tired of watching what we eat. We become dispirited, and slightly depressed at the concept of having to maintain our “sensible eating habits” while everyone else seems to be having a fantastic time.
Losing Direction Leads To Boredom
We get bored when we lose our sense of direction. So to overcome it, we will need to reestablish exactly where we’re going. Keep in Mind, dieting is not an aimless process, it’s a journey from A to B. Here’s how we think if we lose leadership:
“I am really bored with dieting, it is such a pain. I don’t have any freedom any more. I can not eat this, I can’t eat that… I am fed up. I can not share food with the women at work, I can not eat at my favorite restaurants, I must keep saying No to food when I visit friends, I have to see my family eating in front of me, I don’t have enough time to exercise properly, I’m never going to lose weight and I’m feeling really miserable. Heck! Life is too short for this…”
This kind of thinking is totally demotivating. It focuses exclusively on the negative aspects of dieting and signals complete aimlessness. No weight loss target is achievable when we think in this way.
A Better Way of Thinking
Now let me show you some better choices. Please compare them with the aforementioned example.
“Hmm, my diet isn’t going so good. But I’m not going to make excuses. I’ve wasted enough time making excuses to myself. From now on, no matter what happens, I’m going to be honest with myself. So what do I want? I wish to drop weight and get myself fit. Why? Because I really want to have that beach vacation (or other very selfish goal) that I promised myself. I want it so bad I can touch it! Okay, so I want to learn how to eat properly – big deal! I can certainly do this if I put my mind to it. Heck! Eating good food is not difficult. What is hard is seeing myself being obese for the rest of my life. I need something better. Something better than a fistful of nachos or a dollop of fatty dessert.”
“Hmm, my diet isn’t going so good. So let me remind myself why I am dieting. All my life I have been eating to please other individuals. My mother said “eat this”, so I ate it. My school friends said “have some of this”, so I had plenty. My work colleagues now say “have a slice of this”, so I’ve got two! And my children say “you need to try this”, so I try it. And every time I make an attempt to lose weight, everybody says “forget about your diet, eat some of the” so I do. Well that’s enough! No longer eating to please other people. Today I will start eating to please me. And what pleases me is the concept of wearing a size (?) dress to my daughter’s wedding (or other very selfish goal). I realise I need to eat correctly, but this is a ridiculously small price to pay for achieving my objective. Heck! Eating good food is not difficult. What is difficult is carrying my extra weight around all day. I want something better. Something a lot better than a 4-cheese pizza or a box of biscuits.”
“Hmm, my diet is not going as smoothly as I thought it would. Never mind, I’m sure this is quite normal. I can not expect to change my regular eating habits without a few hiccups along the way. Besides, I’m looking for at least the few minutes of pleasure I get from filling my stomach with junk. I would like a lifetime of pleasure – real pleasure from looking great and being taken seriously and who knows, possibly finding a great partner. I know other folks see me as a fat man – goodness, sometimes I do too! – but this is precisely WHY I want to change. I’m tired of being obese. Real tired. And if this means learning how to eat decent food, then let’s do it! When it gets tough I’m going to login to Anne Collins forum and get help. All I know is, I want to make it happen!”
“Hmm, my diet isn’t going as smoothly as I thought it would. This morning I saw my coworkers eat an entire birthday cake – it looked delicious – and I sat there feeling miserable and deprived. Then I went for lunch with a friend and chose a tuna salad while she ate half a pizza followed by two slices of cheesecake. It was torture! But then I started thinking to myself “what’s more important – a few slices of cheesecake, or a very lean form?” And I decided that looking great was what I actually wanted. I understand that it’s not going to happen overnight, but when I could persevere and learn good eating habits on the way, I know I’m gonna make it…”
“Hmm, my diet isn’t going as smoothly as I thought it would. But at least it’s not a race. So who cares if I have a few wobbly moments, as long as I get where I wish to go. At 26 I’m in the prime of my life, and I wish to make the most of it. I am tired of my slim friends getting all the best men. I wish to turn a few heads myself. I need the attention and I want to be taken seriously, and if I must spend 12 months dieting – heck! I’m gonna do it. Last week I saw a friend of mine in hospital that lost a leg in an auto crash. The doctors say it is going to take her 12 months to relearn how to walk. Now that’s tough. By comparison, my journey is simple. And so long as I keep reminding myself of this, I will be fine.”
Points To Remember
1. A diet is a journey from A to B.
2. Feeling bored is a sign we are losing our direction.
3. When we lose direction we need to recover it, fast!
4. The way to regain direction would be to remind yourself why you’re dieting.
5. You are dieting because you need something better than a plate of fattening food.
Getting Help To Drop Weight
Changing our eating habits is significantly easier when we get support from other men and women. So ensure your online weight management plan includes membership of a forum. Because only people can provide you with the type of encouragement you need to achieve your personal weight loss objectives.