"More die in the United States of too much food than of too little." - John Kenneth Galbraith,The Affluent Society
There are a millions of people who want to lose weight that’s for sure. However, many tried and a lot have failed to do so, why? Because they lack one very important ingredient of a successful weight loss: motivation. Motivation is the most significant factor if you ever decide to lose weight because without it, you’ll just end up frustrated and depressed. And remember, depression leads to overeating; and overeating leads to weight gain. That means, if you are not motivated to lose weight, then don’t start because you might just end up gaining more weight than what you currently have. Don’t lose hope though, there are many ways to motivate yourself so you’ll be on the right track and increase your success in achieving the desired weight you always dreamed off.
Do it for yourself. 65% of the total adult population in the United States is considered overweight. You do not want to be one of them because this will increase your tendency to acquire or aggravate weight-related health problems like Diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular diseases.
Do it for your family. Obesity has been the 2nd preventable cause of death in the US, next to smoking. If you do not want to do it for yourself, well at least do it for the people you love and the people who care about you. Don’t be selfish. You'll be a great loss to people who depend on you, love you, and care for you. Think of your spouse, your friends, your kids and maybe your future grandkids who want to play with.
Do it for your community. You want to set a good example? This is the best example you can give to your community. Since obesity has affected both kids and adults, you can be a motivation to others. Show them that anyone can fight obesity. This way, you'll be able to help prolong not only your life but their lives as well. That would be a legacy and a great life achievement that will give you courage to succeed in other areas of your life.
Do it to increase your self-esteem. People who are overweight tend to have lower self-esteem compared to people who are on their ideal weight. This is because above average weight people are often perceived as lazy couch potatoes. People stare at you or make fun of you (sometimes) if you are fat. This is especially true to girls who are in school; they are often laughed at and are often called losers by sexy cheerleaders. If you are one of those undesirable girls in school, start a daily workout routine, eat a balanced diet and display those gorgeous curves on your next high school reunion.
Do it for the reward you have in stored. Rewards like a vacation getaway or any expensive "things" are great motivators. Remember those days when you will do just about anything for a candy? We may be adults but we will always be a child at heart. Reward yourself with something expensive and unusual. You'll be working hard to lose weight, thus you deserve a special reward. How about a vacation at Bora-Bora to show off that hot body or probably a sparkly necklace to match your little black dress?
Do it for someone who broke your heart. So he broke your heart and left you for that sexy ugly Betty. Cry, pick up the broken pieces, and get back in shape. The next time you see them together; just smile and look at him drool on how gorgeous you look. As they always say "Success is the sweetest revenge."
Do it for the other things that are important to you. Ask yourself this question, "What are the things that are important to me?" Aside from self and family, some other reasons that are important to an individual are career, dreams, and even properties. Whatever other reasons you have, make it the reason why you want to live a longer life. Think about the time and energy you can devote to other things in your life if you did not have to worry about losing weight. Consider it as a challenge that you have to complete or as a race you have to win and put all your efforts into it until you get the results you want.
Losing weight is definitely easier said than done. It requires you to find the right reasons to be successful. One or two reasons in this article have motivated a lot of people, to lose weight and achieve a healthier body. So, start looking deeper in yourself for that motivation to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.