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Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Joe Starks


Morbid Obesity – Take Back Your Life: Willpower

Willpower is a word most overweight people have learned to hate or fear. When one loses control of their diet and weight then often we blame it on a lack of willpower. So, it is often the case that overweight people strive to gain more willpower or to find the issues that cause them to have less willpower than others. In fact it is NOT a universal truth that overweight people don’t have as much willpower as thinner people. This is just an assumption. Often our quality of life is what makes a larger difference. What is true though is that it does help a lot to train your willpower to lose weight, no matter how you compare to the rest of the population. In truth gaining more willpower simply means to take control of your lifestyle. This is well within your power once you know how.

Things that take away your willpower

The first step in determining why you don’t have as much willpower as you want is to find out what is draining it. We all have the power to say no to some things that offer us short time pleasure and long term trouble. We often say no to another drink, or to drugs, or even a second slice of cake. This all takes willpower. To be unable to say no to behaviours that damage you, you must have our will power drained. Here are a few reasons why this might be happening in a morbidly obese person:

  • Too much stress. When we have a lot of stress in our lives we usually find it difficult to say no to simple pleasures like a plate of extra food. Having sick relatives, a demanding work, responsibilities concerning children etc can wreak havoc with your willpower.
  • Too little rest. If you don’t get enough rest in your life and are constantly tired you find it much harder to make rational decisions on how much food you consume. You should always take care to be rested and plan ahead to have enough rest in the future.
  • Too little entertainment. Boredom is one of the most important reasons why we lose our willpower. When you are morbidly obese you often give up many forms of entertainment because you are embarrassed. This causes a downward spiral of less entertainment and more boredom.

How to improve you willpower capacity

The first thing you have to do is plan ahead. Once you have a doable plan you don’t need as much willpower to follow it like you would need to make decisions about your life instantly. If you know you will have a salad for dinner it is easier to eat that instead of a hamburger than if you had no plan for dinner at all.

Next you should try to eliminate stressful situations from your life. If you have an inevitable responsibility that causes you stress you should ask a professional to teach you how to handle such situations in a better way. No matter how bad, you can always find help and support for any trouble that causes you stress.

Find moral support. It is mandatory to have at least one other person helping you and cheering you on. If you have nobody in your life it is important that you reach out to a professional or someone over the internet. Being lonely and without support makes losing weight far more difficult than it should be. Many people out there have the same troubles like you or can help you and understand you.

When you are hungry because of your weight loss diet you must be sure that all your other needs are fulfilled. Rest a lot, have plenty of fun hobbies and things to look forward to. There are many pleasures out there that have no calories. A bubble bath, shopping for accessories, going for a walk, you can find a lot of things that will give you just as much joy as food does.

In the end, the most important thing is to make things easier for you. Being mean and strict on yourself without reason won’t help. If you have a plan follow it and if you fail to follow it pick up where you stopped and move on. Dieting will take years so make it as comfortable and doable as possible.

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