Friday, March 9, 2012
If you’ve ever spent much time with a toddler, you know they can drive you crazy constantly asking the same question- “Why?” However, if you’re interested in dumping excess body fat and slimming down, some 3 year old behavior could mean the difference between success and failure.
To succeed at fat loss, you need to discover a burning reason to get fit. The vague, “I want to be healthier”, won’t cut it in the long run. You need to “peel the onion” to find out the real reason you want to change. You need to ask yourself, “Why do I want to dump this excess fat?” over and over again.
Initially, your answer may be that you want to look good and feel better about yourself. O.K. but why do you want to look good and feel better? Then your response may be that you hate how you look and are sick of having no energy and sitting home alone in front of the TV every night.
When you ask yourself why you want to get out and socialize more, you may realize you're lonely and not confident enough to meet new people feeling the way you do about yourself. Just keep asking “Why?” and peeling the onion. You have to keep digging until you discover your deepest motivation for dumping the fat and getting healthy.
Maybe you are a parent who is too overweight to play with your kids. Maybe you’re sick of being miserable and depressed. Maybe you’re afraid you’ll die early and never get to walk your daughter down the aisle.
Without that true motivation to remind yourself of daily, you're far more likely to give up on your new lifestyle when you're tired and ordering takeout is easier than preparing something healthy, or when work gets crazy busy and stressful, or when friends discourage your efforts, or you don't feel like going to the gym.
Dig and then dig deeper.
Making the necessary changes in your nutrition and lifestyle will be easier if you can unearth the real root of your desire to be healthy and fit. You'll be more committed to becoming the person you want to be because your motivation will be stronger.