Finding motivation to lose weight after that initial burst of excitement that comes when you first start a weight loss program is one of the biggest hurdles we have to overcome. To make it worse, your motivation is likely to fade more than once, so it’s a hurdle that has to be jumped over and over again if you expect to ever get to the level of fitness that you’re looking for.
The good news is that finding motivation to lose weight isn’t as hard as most people think. You just have to know where to look for it.
Contrary to popular belief, motivation does not come from will power.
You decided you wanted to get in shape because you were looking for a specific result. Making progress towards that end result is where most of your motivation is going to come from.
I’m sure you’ve never seen someone steadily make progress towards their ultimate goal and still get discouraged. Discouragement never happens until you get to a point where you stop making progress, otherwise known as hitting a plateau.
That being said, first we need to know the true reason why you want to be fit. Then you have to track how your weight loss routine is getting you closer to that end result.
Most people have trouble finding motivation to loss weight because they either haven’t figured out why they really want to lose weight or they are focused on results that have absolutely nothing to do with their true goal because they don’t really know what their true goal is.
Finding Motivation to Lose Weight: The Process Revealed
Write down your “Why.”
Why do you want to get in shape? You have to be honest with yourself. Sometimes you have to go three or four questions deep to find your real motivation.
For example, let’s say we know a woman named Jane, and Jane wants to lose weight. Jane would need to ask herself, “Why do I want to lose weight?”
Jane may think she just wants to fit in a size six.
Not good enough, Jane.
Now she has to ask herself, “Why do I want to fit a size six?”
It may be because Jane likes a certain style of clothing that won’t look good unless she’s a size six.
The next question would be, “Why do you want to look good in those particular clothes, Jane?”
She thinks it over and she writes that it is because when she goes out on weekends, she’s noticed that women who are around a size six and wear that particular style of clothing tend to get approached by men a lot more than anyone else.
Jane is almost there. She just needs to take it another level deeper and ask herself, “Why am I concerned with getting attention from men?”
Jane realizes she’s been single for too long and is starting to miss having a special someone in her life. She feels losing weight will make her more attractive and give her a bigger selection of men to choose from so she’d have a better chance of finding the right one.
Jane just made a vital discovery for her success. Now that she knows what truly motivates her, she can stay focused on it and let it fuel her fitness program.
She doesn’t really care about wearing a size six or even the clothes that she wants to fit into. Jane’s true motivation to lose weight is that she wants a boyfriend. (If she wanted to, she could even take it another level deeper and ask why she wants a boyfriend.)
Tracking results is important, but Instead of obsessing solely over the size she wears, she can also pay attention to how many men flirt with her each day for added motivation since that’s what she’s really after.
Side note: I know looks aren’t the only thing that’s important when attracting a mate. This was just an example. Read my story if you want a real-life example of why this is so important. Not knowing on my true goals robbed me of my motivation shortly after I got certified as a personal trainer and then I blew up to 34% body fat over the next ten years.
Finding Motivation to Lose Weight: on Autopilot
Lastly, and some will agree that it’s probably the most important, you need to identify and reshape your diet and exercise habits. This one is probably the toughest challenge, but it’s critical. Reshape your habits and you may find yourself working out when you’re not feeling motivated to do it just because it’s what you’re used to doing at a certain time and day of the week.
I recently started reading a book about habits. One of the lessons in the book led me to attacking one bad habit that eventually led to me getting back into fitness.
Today’s Homework Assignment. Do This Now
- Habits are a major force behind everything we do. We’re going to attack and reshape our habits. One of the best books on this topic is The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I will be referring to it often so you want to buy the book right away and apply what you learn about habits.
- Ask yourself, “Why do I want to get fit?” Then take that question 4-5 levels deep until you discover the true motivation behind your fitness goals. If you still think it’s hard staying motivated after you’ve found it, start over. It means you probably haven’t really found it yet.
- Leave what you come up with in the comments below so we can work on them together as a community. I’d love to know what’s truly motivating you.