“I don’t have enough willpower to lose weight.” I hear this all of the time from the women that I personally coach…. As if some how willpower is the complete answer to weight loss…
The American Psychological Association calls willpower “the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.” Which is true, but it is also called SELF CONTROL. Losing weight it is a calculation and willpower is part of that:
Accountability + Willpower + Plan = Weight Loss
The way that I like to think of willpower is like a muscle. It is only going to get stronger if you work on it. So how do you “workout” your willpower? Well I can tell you, it’s not hit the gym! Here are
Focus on your why– Your feelings affect your willpower. The connection of your emotions and being able to turn down a chocolate bar are obvious. When you are having a bad day at work or upset about something, your willpower will be at its minimum. Thinking about the real reason why you want to lose weight is crucial to maintaining and increasing your willpower.
Create a daily trigger– A daily trigger is something that you can think about when you are feeling a lack of willpower or caught in a situation that requires you to make a healthy choice. You can do this by:
Create a list of words that relate to your life. Maybe bible passage names, or something to do your job or even motivational words. Use this word as a tool that is your go to when faced with a decision where your willpower is not the strongest!
Journal about your situation/ feelings– Take out the journal that you wrote your why in and just write. What is making you think that you need to have the cookie? What is the situation that you are in right not that is causing your willpower to diminish? By writing this down you will be able to “self discover” your weakness’s and eventually recognize the situation before you ever feel diminishing willpower.
Think about your surroundings– Why are you tempted? What are your choices…. If there is a bag of potato chips sitting on the counter and you find yourself reaching for a handful of them, you need to change your surroundings…. If it seems like every time you go out with that one friend of yours and end up pigging out on pizza and grabbing ice cream after, change your surroundings.
It is ok to say no! This doesn’t mean that you cannot hang out with that friend or never have a bag of chips in the house, but it does mean that you need to put your self in better situations.
When it comes down to increasing your willpower, you are the only one that has the opportunity to do it. When you want something bad enough you will take the steps required to achieve and conquer. Listen to the podcast episode we did explaining all of this in detail.
The Get Started Losing Weight Program has a system built in, so over 8 weeks not only will you learn how to eat healthier and exercise in a way that burns the most fat… You will learn how to increase your willpower on your own. Emotions play your willpower everyday. That is why I feel it is so important to be a part of weight loss.
Author: Avril Baxter
Avril Baxter is a professional online personal trainer & weight loss coach. Avril is helping hundreds of people lose weight fast by being personally involved with each client for support in healthy eating, fitness workout videos, and continuous encouragement to help them reach their weight loss goals.