Is will power all it takes to loss weight? Can you lose weight without being a strong willed person? Mommymeepa thought a post about will power would be cool, so today I am posting on will power and weight loss.
Is will power all I need to lose weight and keep it off? I don’t think so. I suppose that I could label those little choices I make right off the bat in the face of temptation as will power though. Will power is some un-seen force that people believe that they either have or don’t have. I just don’t believe this. I feel that everyone has the same chance at losing weight and getting healthy. I also feel like it has more to do with changing the way we think and the way we organize our environment. Here are some thoughts on why I think that the battle is not won or lost on will power alone.
Eating is a biological need
First off, I and you and everyone on earth has a biological NEED to eat. I can’t escape this. If I do a diet that is to restrictive and my biological NEED is constantly kicking in, no amount of “will power” will keep me away from food. This is like saying that I can hold my breath long enough to kill myself because I have enough will power. It is just automatic to do what it takes to live and we need to eat to live. However, we don’t need to live to eat. HAHAHA.
Our thinking prompts our behavior
A lot of how I act towards food has to do with the way I am thinking inside about it. Let’s say a temptation comes up and I am actually not even hungry at all because I just ate but now I want some donuts. My thoughts like, “Eating donuts will make me feel better.” “I want to binge because I have had a bad day” “I deserve donuts because I have been soo good”. All of these thoughts are what is prompting me to eat wrong and they are all based on lies. All of those thoughts are me giving credence to a lie. Donuts won’t make me feel better no matter how many I eat and they are counter-productive as a reward. When I change my thinking it takes a lot of the power out of these situations. Have you ever known a lier. Someone who is constantly lying to you about even the stuff that they don’t need to lie about? You just blow them off because you can’t trust what they say. So goes it with the thoughts. You blow them off because you know they are not true or reliable.
Strategy and planning make a huge difference
This little category of why I think it is not done on will power alone is very crucial. Strategy and planning to me, separate those how will lose weight at all costs and those who will end up watching from the outside of the journey. I would never have lost all my weight and kept it off thus far without strategy and planning. I mean I cut off at the roots many situations that could make me stumble as part of my strategy. For me this battle was life or death basically and if I was going to succeed I needed to really make changes. I set up a strategy on how I was going to increase my activity, how I was going to slowly add healthier food in over time, how I was going to monitor my weight and running, and I how I would avoid situations that would lead me away from goal. I did this all ahead of time. I stopped driving on certain roads with the restaurants that I liked. I stopped buying my boss lunch so that I could be safe from that tempting situation. I told every single invite no if it was going to be during my WW meeting. Sure, these decisions weren’t always easy but it made my journey easier and that is what I needed. I think strategy and planning removes a lot of the need to have “will power”.
So those are my couple of thoughts on the subject of will power and weight loss. Here are some links to on topic articles that will also be of help to us all.