A new study conducted by researchers at University of Otago has found that self motivation plays a key role in ensuring weight loss.
The researchers questioned more than 1,600 women in New Zealand with all of the women aged between 40 and 50 years old. They were asked to rate whether their motivation of healthy eating was determined, which included enjoying or viewing healthy meals as part of their lifestyle, or controlled, which included reasons such as others expecting them to eat healthy.
The researchers found that those who rated their motivation to be determined managed to reduce the maximum units of their body mass index (BMI). "We found that every 10-unit increase in women's scores for autonomous motivation to eat healthily was associated with a 1.4kg lower body weight, which was equivalent to a 2 per cent lower BMI in a woman of average BMI in this sample", lead researcher Caroline Horwath said.