Why You Want to Lose Weight Affects Your Success
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
Is your current weight helping or standing in the way of you realizing your goals and dreams? Drs. James Hill and Holly Wyatt pose this question in their new book, State of Slim. In fact, they go so far as to list finding your life purpose as the starting point for a weight loss journey. Heavy stuff for a book about moving away from heavy. Do ask yourself, what would your life be like if you were to lose weight, eat healthfully, and exercise regularly?
Who Wants to Live in the State of Slim?
Why am I excited about State of Slim and the authors’ advice for permanent weight loss when I have poo-poohed or ignored so many others of its ilk? (Did I really just say “ilk?” Go me!) First, I had the fun and fortune to meet Dr. Hill and Dr. Wyatt in person when I attended last year’s FitSocial conference at the brand new, jaw dropping Anschutz Health and Wellness Center where they were both presenters. Second, I just got back from this year’s FitSocial event where Dr. Hill served as keynote speaker on the subject for which he is the leading world authority: Obesity.
It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist to Tell Us What Does NOT Work (It Does Take These Scientist Authors Though)
When high-level researchers and academics bring evidence-based, hot off the treadmills, cutting edge info direct to fitness bloggers like me, I get a nerdy, intellectual groupie thaaang goin’ on. If you have weight loss goals, then take my advice to take Dr. Hill’s advice. For one, he and Dr. Wyatt focus minimally on what causes our nation’s obesity. (Though, believe me, they have years of data to list how we got into fat trouble). Instead they put their efforts towards what actually works for successful weight losers. Or more importantly — weight loss sustainers.
Step One Has a Distinct Purpose You Can Begin with TODAY
Depending whether you are in weight loss or weight maintenance mode, you have specific, clear steps to take. And those steps are backed up with a lot more than a gimmick or celebrity testimonial. Their extensive research reveals that Step One is to answer these questions:
- What is your primary, driving, motivation for wanting a healthier body and life?
- How does this connect to your life purpose?
Write down a few motivators or key desires now. Or share in the comments below. Feel free to overshare even! Make your list as long, short, ungrammatically incorrect as you like, but do some self-reflection to come up with your “whys.” You will have times when an oversized portion of yummy deliciousness beckons like Precious in Lord of the Rings. My precious. My precious. (Ok, kind of creepy if you think about it.) Or the warmth of your snuggly blankets feels sooo much better than springing up to work out early. In snow. Or dark, Or uphill. Both ways. You need to invoke your purpose motivator mojo if you want to join the ranks of successful losers.
As Dr. Denise McGuire reinforced in her talk at FitSocial 2013 on Making Lifestyle Changes, “Be clear about your motivation if you want to make a life change. 95% of diets don’t work long term. And fewer than 20% of the people in a problem population are truly ready for change.” If you are wanting a healthier, happier, leaner body for life, you need to have reasons that are meaningful and powerful for YOU.
What’s the Hardest Thing About Weight Loss?
Don’t fret about whether your reasons are internally motivated — you want to explore the world when you retire — or externally driven — you want to look HAWT in your new travel outfit. No worries either if your purpose or whys shift over time. The point is to start with whatever gets and keeps you going now. You can revise your purpose as you go if needed. As Dr. Hill pointed out in his talk, the single greatest challenge to keeping lost weight off is staying motivated. Losing weight is hard. Keeping it off is harder. Even harder yet is being obese or overweight.
Wondering about Steps 2-4? Then either get State of Slim or subscribe to our site as we will be bringing you the highlights from FitSocial and the juicy (water based, low sugar, non GMO juice) totally fresh and accurate info about fat, weight loss, future trends in health, and more. You will be surprised at some of what’s to come. I was and I have been a fitness pro more than 30 years!
Kymberly is showing proper respect for Dr. HIll and her blue Lorna Jane Activewear top!
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