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Motivation to lose weight is different for everyone and if you are serious about losing weight you need to find what will actually motivate you.
Without motivation and a real need to succeed you will fail or lose a few pounds for a short time and then pile them back on again as you won’t have the drive to keep going.
The ultimate motivation often only comes with desperation. When you can’t fit in your favourite jeans, when you suddenly realise you have somehow turned into the “big one” in your group of friends.
Or when you have a health scare and the doctor tells you you must lose weight, or if you must lose weight to have the best chance of conceiving.
The best motivation to lose weight can come from desperation because desperation takes you to that place where you simply must change and you give yourself no option.
To find your ultimate motivation find your desperation and hold those thoughts in your head so you won’t give up.
Find Your Desperation
Are you happy with the way you look? Do you feel overweight? Have the pounds been slowly piling on so that when you look in the mirror you feel dissatisfied? Do you have fat that hangs out of your clothes or do your clothes bulge?
Don’t settle for it! Get angry with yourself for letting your weight get out of control and do something about it.
Do you know that with healthy eating and a small amount of exercise you could easily lose 3 lbs a week? Losing 3 lbs a week is not that difficult if you are overweight which means in four weeks you could lose 12 lb. Think how much better you would look with 12 lb less fat!
Eat healthily and your skin and hair contition will also improve!
Overweight and obesity increases the risk of many serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
Diabetes: About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Type 2 diabetes is major contributor to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and blindness. Do you really want to put yourself at risk of these life threatening conditions?
High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is linked to overweight and obesity in several ways. Having a large body size may increase blood pressure because your heart needs to pump harder to supply blood to all your cells. Excess fat may also damage your kidneys, which help regulate blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause serious problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
Heart Disease: People who are overweight or obese often have health problems that may increase the risk for heart disease.
The most common type of problem happens when a blood vessel that carries blood to the heart becomes hard and narrow. This may keep the heart from getting all the blood it needs.
Other problems may affect how well the heart pumps. If you have heart disease, you may suffer from a heart attack, heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina (chest pain), or abnormal heart rhythm.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Cancer: Gaining weight as an adult increases the risk for several cancers, even if the weight gain doesn’t result in overweight or obesity. It isn’t known exactly how being overweight increases cancer risk. Fat cells may release hormones that affect cell growth, leading to cancer.
Also, eating or physical activity habits that may lead to being overweight may also contribute to cancer risk. Cancers that are linked to overweight and obesity are: breast, colon, gallbladder, kidney and endometrium (uterus).
Are you genetically more prone to cancer or heart disease, does it run in your family? If you are more at risk genetically you don’t also want to be more at risk because you are overweight. What better motivation to lose weight than your health?
Overweight and obesity raise the risk of health problems for both mother and baby that may occur during pregnancy. Pregnant women who are overweight or obese may have an increased risk for
- developing gestational diabetes (high blood sugar during pregnancy)
- having preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy that can cause severe problems for both mother and baby if left untreated)
- needing a C-section and, as a result, taking longer to recover after giving birth
Babies of overweight or obese mothers are at an increased risk of being born too soon, being stillborn (dead in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy), and having neural tube defects (defects of the brain and spinal cord).
If there is one thing that should give us motivation to lose weight it’s the love we have for our children and our need to protect them!
Feeling Desperate Yet?
There is a correlation between being overweight and having difficulty in conceiving. Research has shown that overweight women are more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and have difficulty conceiving.
A recent study in the Journal of Obesity reported that The percentage of women with evidence of abnormal menstrual cycles was 2.6 per cent for women less than 20 per cent overweight, 4.0 per cent for women 20-49 per cent overweight, 5.8 per cent for women 50-74 per cent overweight., and 8.4 per cent for women more than 74 per cent overweight.
Women who were overweight were also found to be more likely to have facial hair growth, Scary!
Remember: find what makes you feel desperate and hold that thought as your motivation to lose weight. Return to it when you need an extra motivational boost!