When you try to stick to your weight loss plan, you will see just how much mental and emotional “getting yourself to do it” is involved. Adhering to your weight loss plan requires setting goals, constructing sub-goals, and having success in reaching these goals. You will be working your plans, adjusting sub-goals, monitoring your thoughts and behaviors day in and day out.
You’ll be facing barriers to sticking to it, and you’ll need good ways to get around these barriers or solutions to dismantle them. You will run up against many things that test your resolve. Your moods, emotions, beliefs, thoughts, and behavior will all be tests of “getting yourself to do it.”
Sticking to it is such an important factor that weight loss research has found it doesn’t matter what diet you go on. You can probably lose weight on any one of the diets available on the market. What matters is whether or not you adhere to the particular diet or weight loss method you choose.
To “get yourself to do it,” you will have to get a handle on such things as personal balance, the impact of your beliefs on persistence, situation-specific reactions, preparing counterarguments, developing mental toughness, the value of self-awareness, and the need to sometimes disengage. This list of potential to-do’s goes on: dealing with regrets and self-criticism, eliminating out-of-control eating, doing something about cravings, making weight loss into a learning experience, getting rid of emotional eating, keeping up your motivation, and learning from diet cheats.
It’s no wonder that it’s so hard to achieve weight loss. But if you can get yourself to stick to it, you can.