While wanting to look better is a common motivator for weight loss, it’s often not enough to sustain long-term change because it’s extrinsically driven. Extrinsic motivations can provide initial impetus, but they rarely offer the enduring commitment needed for lasting health improvements. Instead, find intrinsic motivations—personal desires to feel better physically and mentally, increase energy levels, or improve overall health and longevity. These deeper, self-motivated reasons for change are more likely to keep you engaged in healthy behaviors over the long haul. Embracing intrinsic motivations aligns your goals with your personal values and needs, making the journey more fulfilling and the outcomes more sustainable.

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