Here’s a Way to Check On Your Motivation for Losing A Lot of Weight and Your Motivation for Keeping the Weight Off
Posted Dec 01 2012 5:00am
Just how motivated are you to reduce your weight? And once at goal weight, how motivated are you to maintain lost weight?
You should know that your motivation doesn’t have to be fixed. It can change from week to week. Things like your emotional state, the method you’re using to lose weight, competing goals, life circumstances, and many other factors may affect your motivation.
When it comes to doing something about your weight, you may operate on the basis of positive motivation or the value and importance of controlling your weight. Expecting to feel better, look better, and be happier are examples of positive motivation. You could also operate on negative motivation or what you think the emotional costs will be for controlling your weight. Regretting the loss of pleasure and doubts about succeeding are examples of negative motivation.
In reality, you might have a mixture of positive and negative motivation when it comes to losing your unwanted weight and maintaining permanent weight loss. It’s best to check your motivation out over time: before you start, when you start, and from time to time during the weight-loss process, since motivation can fluctuate. You can use the Weight Control Motivation Scale below to do this.