Do You Need Will Power to Lose Weight?

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A client was once explaining to me that she hadn’t been successful at weight loss because she just didn’t have the “will power.”


She said she felt like her goals were very important to her but she just keeps falling off the wagon when she attempts to lose weight.


Does this happen to you?


Do you feel like maybe you were born without the “will power” gene?


I believe that you are equipped with everything you need in life to attain your goals.


The problem is will power is not sustainable.


I think of will power as a short-term fix not a long-term solution.


Having to use sheer will power can make you feel weak and powerless.


It’s like walking on a thin sheet of ice, you never know if you are going to fall through.


Depending on will power could be one of the reasons why 90% of dieters regain the weight.


What if I told you that losing weight had nothing to do with will power and everything to do with making a shift in your mindset?


Your mindset is your current way of viewing your world.


What I have learned is that when my mindset isn’t providing me with desired results then maybe it is time to make a shift in my perspective.


Have you ever made a change in your mindset?


It can be as simple as looking at a situation from another person’s point of view or it could be a radical change in how you view your world.


For some people making a mindset shift can be very scary but it can also change your life for the better.


How do you make a shift in your mindset?


You can easily begin by paying attention to how you feel.


Notice if your daily emotions are on even keel or are they more like a ping pong ball bouncing up and down?


If you said like a ping pong ball then you are not alone.


Emotions can be tricky.


You may even feel like for the majority of the day your emotions are controlling you and in a way they are.


One moment your life is just coasting along and then the next moment someone makes you mad or you realized you forgot to pay a bill and all hell breaks loose.


So what happens next?


Your body goes into stress response mode.


This is also known as the fight or flight response.


This is a very necessary bodily function if you need to avert danger immediately.


Our ancestors needed this response in order to flee from a tiger.


Whether you’re running from danger or you’re upset about an unpaid bill it is the same stress response reaction.


Triggering this stress response on a daily basis over time could lead to physical (weight gain, cardiovascular, digestive) and mental health (depression, anxiety) issues.


What if I told you that it is possible to keep your emotions on more of an even keel with some practice?


Managing emotions sounds weird and difficult to do.


Actually it is simple (not always easy) but it does take some training.


Taking control of how you feel each day is the first step to making a mindset shift.


The key is to be proactive when you notice that you don’t feel so good.


I am not saying you have to be positive, upbeat, and smiling all day long although that would help.


I recommend just improving how you feel which may mean going from totally pissed to somewhat pissed.


That’s an accomplishment!


The better you get at moving from a negative emotional state to a more positive emotional state of being the better you will feel and the healthier you will be.


Three simple ways to turn your frown upside down so you can gain control and begin to feel better are:

  1. Look at photos of your most recent vacation or event. This will help you to recreate those happy feelings.
  2. Take a walk. Getting some green time raises your endorphin level.
  3. Talk to a friend or family member. Connecting with others is one of the best ways to improve how you feel instantly.


To sum up, using will power to lose weight is a short term fix that will probably result in regaining any lost weight whereas making a mindset shift is a long-term solution that begins with simply improving how you feel on a daily basis.


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  • Dawn Nieto

    Reply Reply July 19, 2015

    Very insightful 😉


      Reply Reply July 20, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by Dawn. let me know if you have any questions:)

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