Finding the motivation to lose weight can be tough.  When it comes down to it, though, losing weight is all about setting goals.  Defining a tangible and realistic goal will give you something to strive towards; and, once you have achieved your goal, you will be left with a sense of satisfaction that few other things in life can provide.

A good weight loss goal is both quantifiable and justifiable, meaning that it is both explicit and measurable, and worthy of achievement.

For example, you could set out to lose ten pounds over the next three months, and with the help of a calendar and a bathroom scale you would easily be able to achieve this goal.  On the contrary, telling yourself that you simply want to lose weight is a goal that’s destined to fail from the start, because it’s a goal with no defined measure of success.  When you’re ‘just trying to lose weight’ you really haven’t told yourself how much you would like to lose or how long you would like it to take.  As a result, even if you are losing weight, you won’t experience the added benefit of increased self worth the achievement of goals can create.

It’s important to keep mind that a quantifiable goal must also be a justifiable goal.  A goal is justifiable when it’s pursued for the right reasons, and when it comes to weight loss, the right reasons are all too often just not there.  Many people want to lose an undue amount of weight because they have low self esteem.  Usually, this low self esteem stems from being overweight, but most people actually overestimate the amount of weight they need to lose.  A lot of this comes from the idealistic culture we all live in, one that is overly emphatic of both ‘youth’ and ‘fitness.’  If you’d really like to lose weight, your best bet would be to first visit your doctor and have them evaluate and define a healthy weight for your body type.  You would also do well to remove any and all negative cultural influences from your life and ask yourself why you want to lose weight, instead of telling yourself why others think you should.

Once you have established a quantifiable and justifiable weight loss goal, finding the motivation to lose weight should come more naturally.  It can help to actually write the goal down as well, so that you see it every day.  If you have a trusted friend or two, you may also want to consider telling them about your weight loss goal.  The benefit of sharing your goal with others is that it gives you even more motivation to accomplish it.  When other people know that you’re trying to improve your life, they root for you; and, what’s more, when you yourself know that other people are rooting for you, you’ll slowly begin to realize that you don’t want to let them down.

So set yourself a goal.  Start small, but make it explicit and realistic.  Most importantly, however, set your goal for the right reasons – set your goal for yourself.  If you do this, finding the motivation to lose weight will probably be easier than you imagine.

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