If I asked you to wash my car you probably wouldn't rush to pick up the hose and sponge but if I asked you to wash my car for $10,000 you would probably drop everything you were doing and start scrubbing. Why were you suddenly motivated to do the work? The reason is you saw what was in it for ...If I asked you to wash my car you probably wouldn't rush to pick up the hose and sponge but if I asked you to wash my car for $10,000 you would probably drop everything you were doing and start scrubbing. Why were you suddenly motivated to do the work? The reason is you saw what was in it for you and you wanted it!

Finding your dieting motivation is no different; you simply have to put a little thought into uncovering what you really want - what is in it for you.

If you asked someone why they are dieting you would likely get an answer such as:

- I want to look better
- I want to feel better
- I want to look good in shorts this summer
- I have an event coming up and want to feel good about myself
- I want better health

The fact is that most people could come up with a list like this in a very short period of time. Now there is nothing wrong with this list, in fact these are all very valid reasons to lose weight the problem is that this list is not very compelling and the reasons don't pack the emotional power needed to motivate you through tough dieting times.

Finding those true emotion-packed reasons is not hard, you just have to dig a little deeper.

Try this exercise, it is simple but requires a bit of thought. Take out a sheet of paper and number 1 to 15 down the side of the page, now come up with 15 reasons you want to lose weight. Clients who have done this in the past have uncovered reason that had deep emotional meaning for them such things as:

- I want to be able to fit into the seats at the amusement park when I go with my kids
- I want to get pregnant and feel my weight is preventing it
- I want to accomplish this while my mom is still alive
- My weight is preventing me from going for a promotion at work

These reasons were hidden from their consciousness until they did the work to uncover them but once they were revealed the reasons acted as catalysts in their weight loss effort and kept them motivated until their goal was reached.

Your dieting motivation will be unique to you, take some time now to uncover the compelling reasons you want to lose weight and you will find it much easier to reach your goal.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Becky Gillaspy, DC is the founder of Dr. Becky Fitness, LLC.