Every dieter has had some failures. And most likely, he or she blames lack of willpower for it.
But what if willpower doesnít exist? After years of dieting, Iím beginning to think that it doesnít. Hereís why:
Since learning to cope with a slow metabolism earlier this year, Iíve been losing weight fairly easily, at about 1.5 pounds a week. But I rarely spend time battling my thoughts over whether or not to cheat. Iím losing at a great paceówithout willpower.
In my experience, there may be another recipe for success, besides the will to lose weight. Here are the six thingsóa combination of strong motivators and lots of planningóI attribute to my success:
- Seeing results. The success Iíve had so far motivates me to keep going.
- Dealing with less-than-stellar consequences. Seriously nasty diseases loom in my future if I donít lose weight.
- Having a treat budget. I allot some calories for a bit of dark chocolate every day, so Iím not totally deprived. (And I wonít dive into a bag of Dove bars, either.)
- Starting big. Eating a big breakfast satisfies me most of the day, so I donít even think about food.
- Sticking to the plan. On weekends, I plan my meals for the week ahead, and I email my plan to someone for accountability. Whatís for dinner? Itís a no-brainer. Iíve already got the plan, the recipes, and the ingredients ready to go. If I know Iím going out, I even plan what Iím going to order the weekend before.
- Keeping up with workouts. I also plan my workouts on weekends for the coming week. No. Brainer!
But Iíve still wondered: Did I start doing all these things because I had the will to lose weight, and now that the plan is in place, the willpower is taking a backseat? Or is willpower the magic ingredient that constantly makes all this work, kinda like The Force?