My expertise lies in nutrition, however, I am always fascinated by the psychology behind weight loss and why some people struggle with their weight their entire lives. Why do some people lose weight and keep it off while others seem to be trapped in this never-ending cycle of dieting?
There are three things that you need to know if you are to be successful in achieving the kind of body that you want. This is the first part of a three part series on the psychology behind weight loss and how you can access the tools you need to facilitate change in your life.
Most people who struggle to lose weight are stuck in their comfort zone where it feels good and it feels safe. Change can often be more painful than the actual pain of being overweight and unhealthy, and it sometimes takes reaching rock bottom before any real change is acted upon. At that point, it’s sometimes too late, as so much damage has been inflicted from years of abuse and unhealthy eating.
Each person’s motivation to achieve a goal is different. Whether you want to have more money, better relationships or a sexy, healthy body, you need to really ask yourself WHY you want that goal to become a reality. Your reasons need to inspire you and help propel you forward. They need to develop in you a strong determination and drive that will push past any adversity or challenge that comes your way.
As we are creatures of habit, you must develop a burning desire to change. If you don’t take the time to ask yourself why you want to change, your goals will never see the light of day. Initiating positive change in your life requires some effort on your part, but it will only happen if you have cultivated a strong desire and sense of purpose.
So how do you find your motivation? Spend some time visualizing your desired goal and ask yourself why it would feel good to be able to experience that outcome in your life. Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to feel more confident? Perhaps you want to be able to fit into an old pair of jeans or dress that you wore years ago? Or maybe you just want to confidently wear a swimsuit and enjoy going to the beach?
A powerful way to help keep your motivation strong is to use visual cues. If there is an item of clothing that you wish to be able to wear again, hang it on your bedroom door or leave it someplace where you will see it often. Buy that dress or shirt that you would love to wear and use it as a reminder of why you want to lose weight.
If you would love to have the kind of body that you once had, carry an old photo of yourself with you in your wallet or stick it to your bathroom mirror where you will see it often. Keep reminding yourself why you want to change and use that as powerful motivation, especially during those times when you may feel like giving up or feel that it’s all too hard.
The people who are successful in achieving their goals are the ones who constantly keep their eye on the prize. If you aren’t motivated and aren’t able to maintain that motivation, how can you expect to enjoy a lean, healthy body?
Motivation is the key to change. If you feel as if you are spinning your wheels without much progress, ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing and whether or not it’s a goal that truely inspires you.
Stay tuned for the next installment to this article where I’ll discuss change and how being open to change and being open to doing things differently is the catalyst to creating a new life for yourself.