Internal Reasons to Lose Weight Self-Control and Weight Loss

 Why lose weight? Well, some reasons are better than others. External reasons for losing weight involve trying to impress someone else: family, friends, strangers, potential love interests, etc. Is this a good enough motivator to lose weight? Well, usually, no. Not long term, anyway.


Internal Reasons to Lose Weight Self-Control and Weight Loss


Internal Reasons to Lose Weight


People who successfully lose and keep the weight off need consistency. Longevity. Committment. A permenant, low weight lifestyle. External motivation alone usually runs out--especially because some people are impossible to impress, no matter how much weight you might lose. Or, they just plain don't notice. They're often too into themselves.


To keep your improved eating and exercise habits, it eventually requires that you also possess internal motivation to be thin. Internal, meaning--if no one ever saw you thinner, would you still want to lose the weight--just for yourself? Would you still want to sacrifice that cheeseburger? Would you still get out of bed to exercise if no one ever knew either way? If not, it's time to change that.


Here are some ways to increase your internal motivation to lose and keep the weight off:


1) Research the endless health benefits of losing weight (and the terrible health consequences of staying overweight).


2) Try to remember how much better you'll feel inside when you lose weight. Think of all the extra energy, self-esteem, and overall happiness you'll enjoy!


3) Visualize yourself thin and healthy. Enjoy a preview of your better, thinner looks right now.


4) Practice making yourself the main one you want to impress. Be your own audience. Your own crowd to please. It's all about you!


5) Remember--be your own best friend and your own best support system. You are the one that will never let yourself down. In the end, you are the only one that will be there for yourself 100% of the time.


Self-Control and Weight Loss


To lose weight, all you have to do is to eat less and exercise more, right? Right. Well, that's easier said than done. One of the critical components of weight loss success is the principle of self-control: exercising willpower with our eating and exercise choices. This is essential, but most of us are pretty bad at it. So, what to do?


In an recent Psychology Today article named "Baby Steps to Grown-Up Control", ideas are given to boost your weight loss journey through strengthening your self control. The main idea is this: self control is like a muscle that becomes stronger with practice and exercise. If you can practice small, consistent demonstrations of self-control through simple tasks, your control will increase. Stronger self-control in general makes for better eating and exercise choices.


Try these exercises to build the mental muscle that can actually help you diet:


-- Think twice before buying something.

-- Focus on eliminating "um"s or other unnecessary words from your speech.

-- Spend a week or two avoiding alcohol.

-- Try brushing your teeth with your less dominant hand.

-- Remind yourself to sit up straight.


A second idea to boost your mental self-control for better weight loss: my comprehensive hypnosis program for weight loss, "The Weight Loss Mindset".


The Pressure to Lose Weight


In a recent People Magazine article, Hilary Duff discusses the enormous pressure in Hollywood to lose weight. She expressed that, "I did get skinny...I've felt that pressure like everyone else in my position. When a newspaper comes out that says 'Duff Puff – she must have gained 15 pounds' or something like that, how would any normal person react?"


In Hollywood, actresses are in a constant state of being criticized as too fat ("Duff Puff") or too thin ("Eating Disorder"). Is there any woman in Hollywood that actually is an acceptable weight? It seems not. No wonder eating disorders are so rampant there--and in the rest of the United States!


What does all of this mean for you--and everyone else not in Hollywood? A lot. The pressures of Hollywood are simply exaggerations of the everyday pressures put on all women to be thinner, heavier, or so other "er". One good solution? Look to medical science for what is healthy and ideal.


I suggest calculating your ideal Body Mass Index ("BMI") number to find your true, statistical ideal weight range and make that your target weight range to strive for. Your ideal BMI calculation should be between 22-24.9. When in doubt, trusting in science is a decent way to go. Strive to be medically healthy.


Old Sayings for Losing Weight


Here are 5 old sayings to help with your weight loss 


- If it is to be, it's up to me

- If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right

- Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results

- There is nothing to fear but fear itself

- People are about as happy (and successful) as they choose to be

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