There are many reasons people want to lose weight. Anyone that decides they need to lose a few pounds most likely has experienced some trigger that caused them to start taking action. A group of individuals wanting to lose weight will have very similar triggers as well as unique triggers for each person.
The common triggers are to be more healthy, more energy, look better in clothes, look sexier, get more dates, and the list goes on.
More emotional triggers include something someone said that hurt your feelings, not getting asked out for a date, not being able to participate in activities that your friends do, someone made fun of the clothes you are wearing, and never getting nice comments about how you look. Anyone wanting to lose weight has probably experienced at least one of the above that made them decide they were not going to take it anymore.
These are all good examples of what may prompt someone to wake up and start a weight loss program; however, once the emotional trauma has settled down they are not enough to keep you motivated to stick with a weight loss plan.
There has to be something bigger and more important to keep you motivated to exercise and watch your diet day in and day out.
Despite all your needs and wants, you may find they are not enough to keep you sticking with a weight loss plan.
Fear can be the greatest motivator of all.
The best reason to lose weight is for the health of it. The fear of losing your health should be the number one motivator that keeps you taking action.
If you do not have your health then all of the above triggers are meaningless.
Your odds of developing heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and suffering a stroke go up dramatically the longer you are over weight.
If you do not change your mindset on weight loss you may ultimately find yourself in a vicious cycle of declining health. The more your health declines the more difficult it will become to do the right things that will help you to achieve optimal health.
Being overweight can lead to arthritic changes in your joints and daily pain . The constant pain will make you less inclined to exercise and do what is necessary to live a healthier lifestyle.
Living a sedentary lifestyle will result in your gaining more weight. As your weight increases, so does your blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure can lead to problems with heart disease, strokes, visual problems, and kidney disease.
The increase in blood pressure places stress on your heart that can ultimately result in the weakening of your heart muscle, heart rhythm problems and heart attacks. After a heart attack you may find you are doing well to just get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, that is assuming it does not kill you. This can become quite discouraging and lead to depression and ongoing problems with inactivity.
At this point exercising to lose weight, so that you can get that hot date, will probably be the last thing on your mind.
Sedentary individuals are also prone to more problems with their cholesterol levels. Your cholesterol is affected by genetics, diet, exercise and activity level. Increased cholesterol can lead to plaque build up and hardening of the arteries of your heart and peripheral blood vessels. The plaque build up may contribute to a minor or major heart attack that can leave you crippled. Poor circulation in your legs can result in pain when walking resulting in your reluctance or inability to walk more than a short distance, due to pain and your legs tiring quickly.
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all play a role in someone suffering a stroke. If you suffer a major stroke you will probably not get very excited about going on a date or hanging out at the beach. Minor or mini strokes are a warning sign of bigger things to come if you do not take reponsibility for your health.
You should be able to see how being over weight can lead to a downward spiral in your health. All of those emotional triggers suddenly take a back seat to being able to get from one day to the next.
This does not even take into account the financial burden that can occur as a result of being obese. The cost of medications, possible hospitalization and following up with your doctor can become overwhelming.
The bottom line is that your Health should be your primary reason for wanting to lose weight.
Make it your mission to learn and do what it takes to maintain and improve your health.
If you are not serious about living healthier and doing what it takes to achieve optimal health, then you will never stick to any weight loss program long enough to achieve healthy consistent weight loss.
If you want to boost your self esteem and confidence, start out with small simple steps with a goal to lose one pound a week and use this as your foundation for consistent, long term weight loss.