There are many factors that come together to produce the ability to maintain a successful diet. In many cases, however, it is not the diet plan nor the timing that really makes a difference, it is a lack of motivation. Weight loss motivation is one of the key factors to success and one that leads to more than accelerated weight loss, it also produces a healthier lifestyle. Understanding the importance of motivation can often lead the dieter to make the necessary changes to see success in their weight loss program permanently.
Motivation is more than just a state of mind. It is the principle that drives someone to take an action and to reach out for goals that would otherwise be unobtainable. The strong motivation necessary for weight loss cannot be underestimated. In the absence of that motivation, struggles are likely to be frequent and very few, if any, weight loss goals are going to be achieved. The problem for most people is that weight loss motivation comes from within, not from an external source. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t some external factors that can provide self-motivation to the dieter.
One of the key factors to being self-motivated is actually associated with the term because it is necessary to be motivated for personal reasons. Many people try to get motivated for external reasons and those that really don’t touch them on a personal basis. This may lead to a certain amount of temporary success, but when it comes to a weight loss program, self-motivation becomes even more important. Why is that the case?
Many people struggle to lose weight for a very important, yet often overlooked problem. Food, particularly certain types of foods, are very addictive. Most people can agree on this factor, simply by looking at the comfort foods that they turn to when they have a difficult day. On the other hand, there is more of a physical addiction that is associated with many types of foods, including refined sugar, dairy, and wheat. In addition, many chemicals that are found in processed foods have been shown to be addictive as well.
When an individual is struggling with a serious addiction, such as cigarette smoking or perhaps another drug, very few people would deny the fact that they need to be convinced of the need to overcome the habit. In fact, the battle cry for most twelve-step programs is that the first step is admitting that they have a problem. The same is also true with food addiction. In order to see any success with a weight loss program, the individual must be motivated to overcome the addiction and to start a new habit that will be theirs for life.
Temporary success is not what the dieter is trying to obtain. The permanent success and a change to a healthier, thinner lifestyle should be the motivating factor that drives the dieter to finally make the changes that will lead to permanent success.