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How to Boost Willpower to Achieve Fitness Goals

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In fact, chances are good that, by April, your New Year’s resolutions will be a distant memory, a broken promise to yourself — until the cycle repeats next January. Why is it that we struggle so much to stick with our health and fitness goals? Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach, once said: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

Is it our own lack of self-control that sets us up for weight loss failure?

No. Research supports that boosting willpower and self restraint may not be the most productive way to lose weight. While we tend to rely on willpower and our ability to resist temptation and restrict “bad” foods, in reality, a constant reliance on willpower to control dietary intake makes resisting food temptations much more difficult.

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In fact, chances are good that, by April, your New Year’s resolutions will be a distant memory, a broken promise to yourself — until the cycle repeats next January. Why is it that we struggle so much to stick with our health and fitness goals? Vince Lombardi, the legendary football coach, once said: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

Is it our own lack of self-control that sets us up for weight loss failure?

No. Research supports that boosting willpower and self restraint may not be the most productive way to lose weight. While we tend to rely on willpower and our ability to resist temptation and restrict “bad” foods, in reality, a constant reliance on willpower to control dietary intake makes resisting food temptations much more difficult.

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