It would be wonderful if losing weight were simply a matter of willpower. In fact, willpower is often cited as the only true factor for weightloss success. The reality is that willpower is just one part of the weight-loss equation and its role is often overrated. Read on to learn how to harness the willpower that lies within each of us and combine it with other important factors so that you can achieve lasting weight loss.
Losing weight is not really all that complicated. All it takes is eating less and exercising more. If people cannot do these two simple things, it can only be due to one of two reasons. The first reason is a lack of knowledge. After all, a lot of people do not know enough about food and activity, and how they influence weight loss. The good news is that this reason can be easily fixed with education. Then all they have to do put that knowledge into action and they will lose weight.
If they have been educated and do not lose weight, there is only one reason: lack of willpower. Willpower is an inborn mental trait— either you have it or you don’t. It is not something that you can learn, buy, or teach yourself. If you do not have willpower, you cannot lose weight.
If you have gained weight as an adult, you are not alone.There is no way that any of us can turn back the hands of time. That does not mean, however, that the extra pounds should be accepted as part of the aging process. Every year you carry the extra weight means a higher risk of developing several diseases. Losing the weight will bring those risks down. Now is the time to do a weight and health check to find out where you are so that you can make decisions about where you want to go.
• Think back to your 18th birthday. Do you weigh the same now as you did then? If you have gained weight, how many pounds have you gained?
• Determine if you are at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese by finding your BMI.
• Take your waist circumference. Is it over the recommended measurement?
• If you have not done so in the past year, schedule yourself for a complete physical. Ask you doctor what impact, if any, your weight has on your current health status. Find out and make a record of your blood lipid levels, blood pressure, and fasting blood sugar.
• Set a realistic weight goal.
• If you are at a healthy weight and have not gained weight as an adult, a realistic goal is to prevent weight gain.
• If you are currently gaining weight, a reasonable first goal is to hold your weight steady to stop the gain.
• If you are ready to lose weight, aim to lose 5% to 10% of your initial weight. Once that is achieved and celebrated, set another goal or a series of realistic goals until you reach your ultimate goal
weight (a weight within the healthy BMI range).
• Choose a weight-loss method and approach (more on this later) that leads to sustained weight loss.
The mental aspects of weight loss are critically important. Without mental strategies for making wise food choices, dealing with stress, making physical activity a priority, and dozens of other actions, weight loss is virtually impossible.
Successful weight management—losing weight and keeping it off—requires a commitment. Some people call this commitment willpower.You have to commit to making smart choices and sticking to your choices for weight loss to be successful.
Knowledge is power. The more you know about food, physical activity, and the path to sustainable weight loss, the greater your ability to make smart choices. Knowing which foods are satisfying for you and also happen to be lower in calories makes weight loss attainable. Likewise, knowing how to exercise in a way that helps your body build muscle, burns a lot of calories, and is enjoyable can boost your weight-loss efforts.You can’t lose weight without knowing what to do.