The battle for weight loss starts in the head. Before you can ever pick a single dumbbell or shed a drop of sweat, you need to have a clear reason that will compel you to finish the journey. Your weight loss motivation needs a purpose. You need a goal that will drive you to wake up and exercise when everyone else is asleep. It is that goal that will compel you to be disciplined when everyone else around you is eating and drinking as they please. The weight loss battle starts in the head and is won in the head.
You can actually keep yourself focused on the weight loss journey by identifying a clear goal. This goal will be your source of motivation. You can build on this weight loss motivation by educating yourself. This will set you on an upward spiral that will be further helped by setting continuous goals. You can ride this upward spiral and never again worry about weight loss.
In this video, Suresh and Dr Jasvin address the importance of primary goals, continuous goals and education to keep you focused on your weight loss journey.
Different people get motivated by different things. There are a lot of things that motivate people to lose weight. For each of us , there is one particular primary motivator or goal. The trick is to identify what this primary motivator or goal is and start with that.
You got to find out what is your hot button. What is it that is driving you to lose weight? It could be simple wanting to lose weight for an upcoming reunion. Another goal could be to increase your self confidence or just look smashing in that new pair of tight jeans.
When I (Suresh) was growing up, I suddenly shot up and became lanky. I did not like the awkwardness of my lanky self. I wanted a more proportioned body. That is how I started exercising. As time progressed, I educated myself. With increased knowledge of how my body worked, I became even more passionate about exercise and taking care of my body. It was a motivation that grew with education. I did not really need an external source of motivation. I am more a head person rather than a heart person. I know a lot of people who are heart driven. They find that when their friends motivate them and they motivate their friends, they are more driven to exercise.
You need to identify your primary reason for wanting to lose weight. Identify your hot button. What is that one goal that will drive you. Start your weight loss journey with that goal in mind.
While you start with your primary motivator or goal, you need to grow it into a multi-faceted motivation. Multi-faceted weight loss motivation is where you have one weight loss goal after another to keep you focused on your journey.
One hot button is usually hard to sustain your drive over a long period. You may be able to sustain your drive to the point of reaching your weight loss goal. But once this goal is reached, you are very likely to lose the drive and begin to slacken. This is where the weight slowly creeps back. If you continuously set new goals, you have other facets of motivation to keep you going.
Say you start with a vanity goal. An example of a vanity goal is to have a more shaplier body. As you achieve this vanity goal, you may gradually seek other goals such as being healthier or keeping yourself in shape for your grandchildren. Another motivation could be to help other people to keep in shape. With each new goal, your motivation grows. Your journey becomes lifelong. You don’t fall of the wagon because you have reached your primary motivation goal. You march on, conquering one goal after another.
Motivation actually becomes your purpose. I find that a person becomes more dedicated when there is multi-faceted motivation. It is like a loop. Education helps you motivate yourself. The motivation drives you to get more education. It is a nice virtuous loop that adds quality to your life.
With enough education and motivation for about 6 months, you would probably cross a threshold. This is where exercise and healthy nutrition becomes effortless.