Finding the Essential "Why" That's Missing From Your Weight Loss Goals

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on February 23 2016

When you decide to lose weight, you begin by setting goals. It is important for you to understand why you are doing what you are doing. Are you doing it for yourself or for someone else? Do you want to make superficial improvements or do you want to make positive lifestyle changes? No matter what “why” you are trying to answer, you have to be taking the steps for the right reasons. If not, your heart will not be into it and the changes you make will not be long lasting or extremely rewarding. Make sure you answer your “why” and then find ways to make your weight loss goal a reality.

Do It For Yourself

Losing weight to please someone else is a not a good idea. It is easy to lose your motivation if you are not working for yourself. When you set your goals, you have to do it for yourself. Improving your health is important for many reasons. Not only will you feel better physically, your mental and emotional outlook will also improve. Choosing to lose weight for yourself empowers you to move forward with a firm commitment to achieve your goals. If you have made the choice to lose weight for a personal reason, you are more likely to work through obstacles, instead of letting them discourage you. When you do something for yourself and because you are ready to achieve a greater goal, you are more likely to remain committed to the cause and do what it takes to succeed.

For All the Right Reasons

For many people, there is more than just one reason to lose weight. While the most important reason is for yourself, other reasons include spending time with your children and grandchildren, getting to do everything on your bucket list and regaining the optimum state of good health. Knowing that there is more to life than just watching television. Instead of watching life pass you by, learn to live it. Set your weight loss goals so that you get to experience as much living as possible. Meet new people who share the same interests. Learn a new sport or find a new favorite food. Never stop living life to the fullest.

Weight loss isn't just to make yourself look better. It also helps you feel better. Reaching an ideal weight allows your body to work more efficiently. You will begin to breathe much easier. Your joints and muscles will not be as stiff. You will be able to be more active for longer periods of time. As your body becomes healthier, your mind will follow.

A Brighter Future

Realizing that losing unwanted pounds can brighten your future should be one of your strongest motivators. Simple lifestyle changes can lead to a longer life. When you set your goals, you don't have to hurry through the process. Take the time to implement changes that will become second nature. You don't want to make changes that will only be in effect for the time you are losing weight. If you don't make long lasting changes, the weight you lose may end up returning as soon as you revert to old patterns.

When you ask yourself “why” you want to lose weight, one of the reasons had better be because you want it. The more you want to reach that goal, the harder you will work and the easier it will be to make the changes that are necessary to lose the weight and keep it off. Do whatever it takes to put those goals in your mind and keep them there. Visualize what you will look like and how you will feel when you reach your ideal weight. Take the first steps with determination and commitment. As long as you know why you are on your particular weight loss path, your journey will be just that much easier.


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