How to find your motivation to lose weight

How to find your motivation to lose weight

Ask yourself “Why?” more than once and give specific answers.

1. Answer the question “Why?”.

Why do you want to lose weight?
Make a list of all the reasons you want to lose weight.

2. Clarify your reasons.

Clarify any vague reasons.

Many people give vague reasons for wanting to lose weight. For example:

  • “I want to be healthy.”
  • “I want to have more energy.”

Clarify your vague answers. For example:

  • Describe what “being healthy” means to you.
  • Define “have more energy”.

3. Answer the question “Why?” again.

If you “want to have more energy”, answer the question:

  • Why do you want to have more energy?” OR
  • “What would you do with more energy that you can’t do now?”

Continue to clarify and ask “Why?” until you discover your real motivation. This process is like carefully peeling away the layers of an onion to get to the core.

You may find that the real reason you want to lose weight is so you can play basketball with your son and bond with him. This is a much stronger motivation than “I want to have more energy.”

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