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Mila Kunis Says Losing Weight Is About Willpower

Mila Kunis Says Willpower Is Key to Weight Loss — Do You Agree?

What's the secret to losing weight? While a diet and exercise plan is important, it's actually mostly about willpower, says Mila Kunis, who knows a thing or two about dropping pounds.

In an interview with Glamour UK, Mila said about her dramatic weight loss for Black Swan: "I never for one moment thought I couldn't do it. I believe in hard work. In self-drive and self-worth." The fact that she wanted to do it made it possible, she said, and offers a tip for others looking to lose weight.

"[W]hen people say 'I can't lose weight,' no, no, no, you can. Your body can do everything and anything, you just have to want to do it," Mila said.

Obviously willpower has a lot to do with your ability to stay dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, but do you agree that once you have it, you'll be able to make the necessary lifestyle changes?

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nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 5 years
depends on your sitution as always....normally the willpower thing worked for me...until it didn't. That caused me to go to the doctor and get to the bottom of it...was diagnosed with hashimotos (Autoimmune thyroid disease) and that i'm on the proper meds, I'm healing and the weigh is slowly coming off.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
Of course if you starve yourself/don't exercise properly, the weight will come back, but at the end of the day, if you have the willpower to eat healthy, exercise, and not eat crap, you'll lose weight (barring any medical condition)
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Barring medical complications, I agree. Though going from fit to too-thin for a multi-million dollar movie role is very different from years of diet and exercise to go from super-obese to average, with no motivation but personal growth and health. There are some people who physically can't lose weight, and I think they are often written off as lazy since there are so many obese people who fictitiously use medical conditions as an excuse to stay obese
Jen4 Jen4 5 years
I agree!!!!!!! i always say "oh losing 5 pounds would be great!" but when i need it and when i say that i gotta lose them it always works.... just like that i lost 10 pounds for summer in 7 weeks
HelloAnia HelloAnia 5 years
I think its unfair to pull an isolated quote out of the interview and base her whole opinion on it. I don't believe that will-power is the only factor in weight loss, but I do agree that it is an essential component to keeping yourself motivated in the diet and exercise that actually delivers the weight loss. I think everyone has a unique relationship between their body and mind.
Advah Advah 5 years
I completely agree. Yes, eating fancy healthy food, going to the gym etc helps. But at the end of the day, if you eat bad stuff or too much of it, you won't lose weight.
anecdote anecdote 5 years
As a physician I disagree with her. It is just not "willpower" ..there are so many other factors that contribute to wt loss. Many medical conditions make it harder for some ppl to loose weight and no matter how much willpower they have it just can not happen. Normal population does not have enough money to continuously pay top notch personal trainers and buy pure organic food and work out constantly b/c daily life (work,kids,husbands,friends,family) gets in the way and it can be hard. It is a very selfish comment from her.
Paromita Paromita 5 years
No, wanting to do it isn't enough..I'm saying by experience. But maybe if I was her, I would say the same. She has resources, probably a better gym, workout options, instructor.. plus PCOD makes it hard enough.
DyaniRae DyaniRae 5 years
No, your body can't actually do anything and everything, and nor should it. There's a difference between believing in yourself and being dismissive/completely ignorant of actual obstacles people face.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 5 years
absolutely not the only factor, but perhaps it is the one key ingredient that most of us lack. I know so many people (myself included most of the time) who know exactly what they need to do, know exactly what their weaknesses or trigger foods are, what causes them to eat more, why they don't go to the gym....and yet even with all that knowledge they have no follow through. They're unable to make the decision to stop eating that one thing or to take the left to go to the gym instead of driving straight home. i know in my case a big part of why I don't stick to my goals is I lack the willpower.
zeze zeze 5 years
For most people, definitiely not all, it is true. I manages to lose weight, and pretty painlessly, just by will power and cutting calories from bad foods. My aunt on the other hand, a relatively young woman, late 20s, could eat 800 calories a day for months and not lose a pound. And it is not the whole "body goes into starvation mode and conserves" because she has gone on strict diets for periods long enough that most people would become malnourished and sickly thin, yet she remains the same.
littlekaren littlekaren 5 years
Well, I've often said the same thing... from experience. When I REALLY want to lose weight, I just do it. The only problems arise when I find myself wishy-washy or complacent, when it comes time to make those many-times-a-day-for-many-days decisions that really make or break being successful at losing weight. Sometimes I'm not truthfully committed to doing it... aka, I don't REALLY WANT it enough to actually do what it takes. So, yes, I agree with her.
Pursy Pursy 5 years
I think her comment was irresponsible and ill-informed. Certain medicines literally make weight loss impossible for those taking them. Lots of medicines in fact alter one's metabolism and appetite. Also being obsessed with losing weight is a fantastic recipe for an eating disorder. As a recovering anorexic, comments like Mila's make me cringe. Once people get the high of losing weight, many find it hard to be satisfied at any weight and will want to keep losing more. Case in point: Jennifer Hudson. I'm sure the interviewer probed her about her extreme weight loss so I doubt Mila volunteered the statement, but any which way, for many people losing weight is a a more complicated matter than she is acknowledging.
Kim-Foster-MD Kim-Foster-MD 5 years
I think it's a little unfair of MK to suggest that losing weight is as simple as wanting to do it. She's got a whole lot of extra motivators to losing weight/staying in shape that the rest of us don't have (her livelihood depends on it, the tabloids will be all over her if she gets fat, etc...). At any rate, research is increasingly telling us that losing weight is an exceedingly difficult and complicated thing, and that there are far more factors than just simply using your willpower. In fact a recent report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association discussed *exactly* this concept.
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