We all know someone who has thrown his life over a healthier bow after a wake-up call. A bad news conversation with the doctor, for example, persuades many people to eat healthier food. Fortunately there are other ways.
Willpower from a negative incentive
It is possible that a negative stimulus as written above provides you with willpower for a long time. We do not simply forget negative incentives and often outweigh the potential to become healthier.
My experience is that the road to good health and a body that you feel comfortable with does not necessarily have to be negative. In this article I explain willpower I give you a few simple tips to increase your willpower.
Willpower literally between your ears
Immediately behind your forehead is your prefrontal cortex. This piece of the brain is active in making decisions. This part of the brain is involved in postponing short-term rewards for a long-term goal. Think of being able to say ‘no’ to temptations with the aim of fitting into those old jeans again soon.
The willpower is low in the evening
The prefrontal cortex is seen as the source of our willpower. Kelly McGonigal explains in her book The Willpower Instinct that our willpower decreases as the day progresses.
After dinner, when all the obligatory people are usually on it and the willpower is low, we are the most vulnerable. Before you realize it, you stand in front of the fridge, looking for something tasty. The rest is history.
Losing weight with little willpower: it is really possible …
Of course, you need the willpower to lose weight, but probably less than you think.
I give an example of a recognizable situation where your willpower is wasted: the afternoon dip, you feel like something tasty. You want something sweet, but you are determined to close the drawer with English liquorice. You bite through and suppress the sweet appetite with some effort until a colleague offers you a piece of chocolate. Without really thinking about it, take the piece of chocolate and put it in your mouth.
The chance that you could resist the piece of chocolate would have been much greater if you hadn’t wasted your willpower on resisting the English liquorice in your drawer. The well-known “care for a sugar-free” environment helps you to save your willpower for other decisions.
This is how you realize your goal
Set small and realistic goals. By achieving and celebrating small victories, the so-called neurotransmitter dopamine is released into your brain. Dopamine gives you the “YES!” Feeling, which increases your motivation, willpower and energy. That is precisely the energy that you need to lose weight.
All small wins over a longer period will help you achieve your goal. By focusing on small achievable goals, such as, “I don’t drink alcohol this week,” you can enjoy the road to your final goal, instead of frustrating yourself by standing on the scales daily.