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Why You Want to Lose Weight Affects Your Success

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Released in 2013 State of SlimIs 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.

Fun and Fit speak at FitSocial

Look closely, See the celeb dust Dr Hill sprinkles on us as we speak after him?

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:

  1. What is your primary, driving, motivation for wanting a healthier body and life?
  2. 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.

Dr Hil and his book, State of Slim with Kymberly

Not overdoing the groupie thing at all

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.


Signed copy of State of Slim

Key part is sentence 3: “Dear Kymberly, You are the best. Jim Hill” Signed with minimal coercion.

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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About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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15 Responses to Why You Want to Lose Weight Affects Your Success

  1. Aqiyl Aniys October 3, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Hi Kymberly,

    Weight loss has to become a lifestyle change and not a goal. Many people gain the weight back they have lost because either they don’t continue to do the things that made them lose the weight in the first place, or they are not addressing all the variables that impact their weight loss and keeping the weight off.

    You can change your diet for a while to lose weight and then go back to eating the same things that made you gain the weight in the first place. Many times when people lose weight over a short period of time, they haven’t cleaned their bodies of toxins which also cause people to regain weight. Keeping the body moving everyday is very important, as well as getting exercise in a couple of days of the week. Removing processed foods from the diet, while reducing or eliminating meat is also very important.

    This is a lot to do, so you have to have sustained reasons to do it. If you have kids, losing weight and being healthy will allow you to play with your kids and be active in their lives.That might be a reason. Another reason is being healthy. I haven’t been sick since I adopted a plant based diet, and that is my reason to continue eating a plant based diet. My body got rid of the weight it didn’t need and I dropped of twenty five pounds. I haven’t regained the weight because I maintain my healthy eating habits. I also love being active, it just makes my existence better…
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    • AlexandraFunFit October 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      Hey Aqiyl, very well-written response. As a vegetarian and lifelong mover, I totally agree with you. Most people who move love activity; those who don’t see it as a chore. Our desire (and careers) is to convince the non-movers to start moving. If they see it as a better choice than not moving, we’re golden!!!
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  2. Nicki Anderson October 3, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    After over 25 years of working with women, it MUST be a long term mindset. Wanting to lose weight for a wedding or reunion, etc. has never worked. Time and time again, my successful clients were those that wanted to get healthy understanding that weight loss was simply a byproduct, and a good one at that.

    Thanks for sharing Kymberly.
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  3. Walker Thornton October 3, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I want to lose weight to help with aging and high bp. I know i’d feel better and could stand to lose the weight….but getting motivated continues to be an issue for me, regardless of the whys.
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  4. Jody - Fit at 55 October 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    GREAT read! I so agree with it does not matter what gets you started – internal or external – as long as the focus is long term.. at least for me. I lost weight in high school to look good & get boys & crap like that BUT it was a mindset to lose it & keep it off! Sure I had a few stumbles & lost of learning but I never gained any more than 5-6 pounds after I lost & that was thru college… what I did do was learn new reasons for keeping it off & healthier ways of eating & keeping it off.. and I am still learning! :)
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  5. Stephen Kjeldsen October 6, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I have always wondered whether it would be easier to stay motivated as a slim male trying to build muscles – to gain weight. Or a male/female with a few pounds too much. It is two very different cases but the goals or so different. I for one, find it easier to stay motivated as I grow bigger while gaining muscles since.. well. That’s just my opinion :)
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    • AlexandraFunFit October 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

      Hey Stephen, thanks for weighing in (haha)! I think it’s not easier or harder, as each person has their own motivation. There are definitely a lot of slim men who want to increase their muscle mass – I see them every quarter in my classes at the university. But having that quick and visible feedback is sure great for keeping your motivation going, isn’t it!?
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  6. Tamara October 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    I need to read this book. With so many clients having weight loss goals, I need some new tools to help them reach their goals.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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  7. bingo wings song January 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    The primary to healthy and balanced eating is one little word, harmony, you have to balance all the various meals teams in your diet regimen (that’s diet plan as in things you consume, not diet regimen as in weight reduction), that indicates carbs, fats and proteins ought to all provide just as in each dish you eat.


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