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The “Why” Behind Dieting – Why You Need To Ask It


So today I want to look at the “Why” behind your dieting and why you need to ask it.

This morning, I was listening to a podcast with Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and Jamie Alderton (GrenadeFit).

Both have very successful business and are people I always look to learn things from.

So on the podcast, they discussed how they got started etc.

But one topic that really clicked with me was this:

“What do you do with a completely new client?”

And Jamie pushed the point of discovering their “WHY”.

But what do we mean by that?

Say a client contacts us and asks “I want to do X programme because I want to lose 2 stone”.

So there’s 2 “why’s” we need to ask first.

  • WHY do you wish to lose 2 stone?

When it comes to weight loss or any physical transformation, we don’t really want to lose 2 stone.

We want to feel healthier, look better, feel better, increase confidence and most of all, live a happier life.

For many, we assign a number to that outcome as a means of a target.

But in reality, we all chase that FEELING.

The feeling of success, of change, of happiness.

Because these feelings add more value to our lives than a number on a scales.

(Now let’s not completely disregard weight loss, a decreasing bodyweight will always positively affect your health).

So, WHY do you chase that weight loss/bodyweight goal?

And now let’s move onto the next question.

This one is harder to answer as it means digging into your emotions and habits in an honest fashion.

  • WHY are you in a position where you need to lose 2 stone?

And unfortunately, it’s a tough question to ask someone.

Seeing your errors and how you’ve gone wrong isn’t easy.

But it’s a process of digging deeper to find what has driven your weight gain.

Some may be simply a disregard for their health and prioritising indulgences guilt free.

But for many, it can be driving by:

  • Emotions
  • Family life
  • Relationships
  • Heartache
  • Stress
  • Job
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Lack of self confidence
  • Poor eating habits
  • Loneliness

More can be added to that list but I just wanted to show examples.

So this WHY isn’t a simple answer.

It takes time to identify what really drives your eating habits.

You need to take stock of what has gone on in your life to bring you to this point of unhappiness with how you look.

It can be tough to admit your own faults and flaws.

But the great news is that once you do, you are now in a position to work on them.

According to Dr. Phil or Oprah or one of them, identifying your problems is the first step.

By getting a better understanding of what drives your eating habits gives you a chance to start to building new and more improved habits.

And this will always lead to long term success.

We can all be guilty of chasing the “quick fix” so we can get some short term satisfaction.

But the sad reality is, we will eventually slip back into those habits.

Quick fixes generally mask the problems in the short term.

But true long term success in health, fitness and how you look and feel won’t come until we start to undo those habits that drive you.

So, it may be time to start asking yourself “WHY” before your next diet.

It’s not flashy or sexy, but it’s the best way to fine tuning yourself to succeed long into the future.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.




Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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