Why even try to find weight loss motivation (again)?
Because this time can be different.
There are lots of reasons to give up trying to lose weight. None of them are good.
You’ve had weight loss motivation before; you’ve tried making changes before. You’ve gone through the painstaking process of counting points, restricting foods and taking supplements. Each time you were met with frustration. You didn’t see or maintain the dramatic changes you were promised. You weren’t perfect (or you were but couldn’t sustain the severe restriction).
You’ve tried all the tricks but nothing seems to work. You’ve tracked your food intake in apps. You bought yourself an activity tracker but never got in the habit of wearing it. You’ve signed up for fitness classes. Each time, they failed you.
Now, you’re depressed watching the numbers on the scale stay the same (or worse, increase). Your confidence and energy levels keep getting lower, your lipids and blood pressure keep getting higher, and your anxiety levels are getting higher, too. You’re worried about your risk for chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers¹, and dementia².
There are also lots of reasons to keep trying to lose weight. All of them are good.
Every day you are faced with multiple lifestyle choices (what to eat, how active you are, how well you manage stress) that either promote health or contribute to your risk of being diagnosed with a chronic lifestyle disease – a very expensive diagnosis both financially and psychologically. Your ability ‘to keep up’ starts to diminish.
The good news: the risk of your lifestyle choices progressing to disease is preventable.
Risk factors that can be changed through lifestyle include but are not limited to:
- Being overweight – BMI >25 (find out here)
- Fasting blood sugar >100 mg/dl
- Blood pressure >120/80 mmHg
- Triglycerides >150 mg/dl
- HDL <35 mg/dl
- High stress and too little sleep
- High intake of heavily processed foods (low fiber refined grains, high sodium cured/processed meats)
- High intake of added sugars (>10% of daily calories)
- Low intake of high fiber whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and unsaturated fats
The key is to discover how to reverse this and successfully use lifestyle as medicine. The key is learning how to finally give yourself the self-CARE you both deserve and need to make the changes stick. The key is knowing where to start.