While studies show that ~80% of people are not able to keep weight loss for long-term, likely due to lack of motivation over time, a recent study by Virtual Personal Trainer has clinically and scientifically proven that the effective implementation of motivational strategies such as: any choice of food/activity (personal preference vs pre-established diets/routines) and simple rewarding strategies are probably the keys for building up positive-thinking and long-term motivation, as well as successful habit-formation. The animation below summarize in only a few seconds more than 4 years of successful weight loss and maintenance. This study highlight the importance of motivation to achieve to long-lasting weight loss success.
As our study suggests "Intrinsic motivation", the one coming from inside a person not sustained by external rewards, can lead to long-lasting life-changing improvements. "External motivation", however, like external rewards such as compliments, trying to fit into a smaller size, or winning a karate competition, might be good for a start but long-term motivation rather depends on a person's values and his/her determination for achieving goals. When it comes to weight loss and health, internal motivation involves giving more importance to our current health and happiness instead of giving it to superficial ideas about sort coming future, such as our physical image. A positive thinking about reaching a "healthy weight" is more important in a long run that a simple image of being better good looking in the future, though for sure a better look will end up showing sooner or later once we make of health a life style but it should be seem as a collateral side effect, rather than the major focus of our motivation. Vague thoughts about future looks for example are less motivating than, for example, the truly measurable, post-workout feeling of "Wow! I feel so good. I can't wait to do this again!".
This kind of internal spirit might not come naturally to all of us, but fortunately it can be learned. Here are a few tips to help growing our "inner" motivation:
Virtual Personal Trainer's study has demonstrated that if an individual fully endorse weight loss-related behavioural goals and feel more competent and autonomous (self- determination theory), his/her effort is more likely to result in long-lasting behaviour change. Now that you already know it is really possible a successful weight loss and long-term maintenance, hopefully forever, let's speak clearly, I am not a super hero, "if I managed to do it, I am sure you can do it also". Do you need more motivation? I believe your best motivation should be that you can really do it, you can be the way you always wanted to be for sure, but to achieve that goal you must be totally into it. If you are easy to quit person, you must first reinforce your inner thinking, go back to the previous section. As shown in the video, even if we go through different trials during weight loss and reaching your healthiest weight, such as metabolic adaptations or some temporary lost control because of some exceptional periods such as holiday, or a business trip, I am sure you can go back on track very soon as long as you never lose your motivation. So now that you know probably the most important secret or the formula for a successful weight loss, and you full of motivation, hopefully, what are you waiting for? Start now! Check your current health status using one of the tools below and start right now losing a few pounds or kgs, little by little, till you reach your healthiest weight (so called ideal weight) to achieve your dreamed long-term weight loss and healthy mind and body forever.
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Now that you are conscious about your current health status it's time to move on. Here is the sequential steps you certainly need for a successful weight loss and posterior long-term maintenance of a healthy body weight.
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