Here are two definitions of the word “Commitment”:
- “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.”
- “an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.”
When we “commit” to something there is usually a major reason(s) why we are making that commitment. Some of these reasons may include:
- A moral reason why our commitment to a person, cause or other is important
- A financial reason why our $$$ commitment to a new business, an investment or other may pay off in the future monetary-wise
- A health reason why our commitment to a certain life-style may result in a longer/healthier life
Turning our focus to weight control, there are reasons why people will “commit” to a concerted effort to shed the weight. Some of these may include:
- A recent medical diagnosis or health “scare” that is most likely weight-related
- Investing lots of $$$ into a weight loss program, counseling, fitness club membership/equipment, etc
- A family member(s) urging the person to lose the weight as they fear without weight loss, they will lose the loved one prematurely
Long-term weight control does require LOTS of commitment. As per the first definition above, dedication is required in following the prudent dietary plans, exercise and other activities needed for effective weight control. As per the second definition: The “restriction of freedom of action” could of course refer to the “freedom” of eating/drinking anything desired as opposed to what is “healthy”.
Stay committed to your weight control efforts and you will be rewarded in many, many ways.