Q How do I become motivated again?

Q

Hi, I have recently lost all motivation to diet or exercise. Is it possible I have a hormonal problem like low-testosterone? How do I become motivated again?

A! From advisory board member Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma

Maintaining weight loss requires re-building your relationship with food and your body. One has to change mindsets about the way you eat and what you eat in order to build healthy behaviours around food. How much of your battle with low mood is about your difficult relationship with your sense of self, which includes your body? Food is not a reward or punishment towards how you feel about your body. To release yourself from this viscous cycle, get to know what the link between your mindsets around food and body and your consequent behaviours is. Work on changing the unhealthy patterns, both in your mind and through your habits.

Q? How can I stay motivated in the winter months?

A! From advisory board member Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma

Motivation is generated by doing “active” things. Exercising, getting out and about, socializing and other ways of keeping yourself active can charge your motivation for winter. Drive and energy are by-products of motivation. Hence, once motivation is generated, you will have more energy and drive to engage in various things. Keeping a balance daily between achievement, pleasure and relaxation can make your days happy and more fulfilled.