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Will (from Latin voluntary) is the power of direct the own action . It is a property of the personality that appeals to a kind of force to develop an action according to an expected result. The will generally implies the hope of a future reward, since the person strives to react to a current trend towards a subsequent benefit .

For example: “You have to have willpower to overcome a disease of this kind”, "Please, put good will and try not to do more problems", “I had to fire him for his bad will for teamwork”.

The will has motivated all kinds of philosophical debates since it is linked to what you want to do and to the understanding of the reasons why a subject chooses to do that. Therefore, the will is related to the free will .

The will is also related to power to choose from consciousness, feeling and action. Something chosen on its own will is not bound by an external impulse. A woman who quits her job since she was not satisfied with the conditions, is acting according to her will. On the other hand, a woman who leaves her job because of her husband's pressures, for example, is not respecting her will.

Another way of understanding the will has to do with the wish waves intentions of doing something : “I have the will to resume my art studies”, "Many tell me to try again, but I have no will".

The will, on the other hand, may be the mandate wave someone's order : “My father's will was done and we bought the house”, "The coach decided to respect the will of the wheel and did not summon him for the next game".

Willpower and obesity

Willpower refers to a capacity that we humans have to overcome those desires that can cause us harmful consequences in our existence. The concept is usually related to the effort to stand firm in a Diet to lose weight.

The obesity It is a problem that affects our societies in a dangerous way and that brings consequences that in many cases are extremely harmful. The reason that there are more and more people suffering from this disease is that in many the willpower is not fully active, then set a goal (decide to lose weight) and work hard to achieve it (follow the diet we have imposed ourselves) is an almost frustrated task before the beginning.

According to the author of one of the most popular works among self-help books for people with overweight problems, which is entitled "The Ten Commandments of the Diet," relying on the will to lose weight It is not a good decision, it is advisable to rely on a good strategy; and this does not always require a diet full of sacrifices that will motivate us to get discouraged and lower our arms shortly after starting.

He says there are two ways to lose weight; one is the intense (an extreme discipline for which willpower is necessary) and a slow but sure (A discipline where patience plays a fundamental role, and where nothing happens if one day we break the rules of the diet).

The advice for a safe diet is to make small but direct changes that lead to a gradual general change. There is no magic way to lose weight, however taking into account some aspects that make oneself can be of vital help to achieve it, some of those cited in that book are:

* Accept reality: Do not fool yourself; It is not true what some people say that they eat nothing and gain the same weight, as long as they gain kilos it is because they are eating more calories of those that burn. Given this, the first thing that can be done, before eating less, is to move more.

* Set your mind: Do not set goals that are known to be very difficult to achieve. It is preferable to take longer but achieve real results, than to lose a lot of weight at the beginning and then regain those kilos, on leaving the diet.

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