quiz are you ready to lose weight

Self-Assessment Quiz:
Are you ready to lose weight?


Taking off the pounds – and keeping them off – can be a challenge.

Most dieters who have been successful after many years of trying to lose weight, say that being mentally prepared for the challenge made all the difference.

Are you really ready to lose weight? Take the quiz to find out.

Check the boxes next to the answers that best describe you:

1) Do you believe you have a weight problem:



I'm not sure

2) Do you have a reason for wanting to lose weight:

I want to lose weight for personal reasons (to feel better, to look better, to improve my health)

I don’t really have a reason, I just believe that I should lose some weight

I haven’t thought about specific reasons for wanting to lose weight

3) Do you think you can achieve your weight goals:

I feel in control of whether I achieve the weight I desire

At times, I do not feel in control of whether I achieve the weight I desire

I never feel in control of whether I achieve the weight I desire

4)Which statement best describes your attitude toward food:

I don’t eat everything I’d like to, but I really enjoy the foods I do eat

When I eat the foods I love, I feel I’m cheating

I rarely think about what I eat

5) How do you best describe your dieting process:

I think that losing weight will take some time and will not always be easy

I think it is possible to lose my unwanted weight quickly without problems

I have not thought in detail about the dieting process

6) I want to lose weight:

So my clothes will fit better and I’ll feel and look better

So my partner will think I’m sexy

Because my doctor says I should

7) How would you describe your feelings about yourself:

Overall, I like myself

I have some positive feelings about myself, but not too many

Overall, I do not really like myself

8) After I lose weight my life will change in the following ways:

I’ll be happier

I’ll feel better about the way I look in my clothes

Losing weight will solve a lot of my problems

9) Do you have a support system in place to help you achieve your goals:

I have a good support system of friends, family and/or professional help that I can talk to about my weight issues

There are a few people in my life that support me in my weight loss efforts, but I wish I had more

I don’t feel there is anyone I can talk to about my weight loss concerns and goals

10) How will you track your weight loss progress:

I will keep a record of my progress towards my desired weight

I’m not sure if keeping a record is really necessary

I’m not interested in keeping a record of my progress toward my weight loss goals

11) How is your life going on now:

My work and personal life are stable enough for me to make weight loss a high priority

Because of my work and personal life it is often difficult to make weight loss a priority

My work and personal life makes it seem impossible to focus on losing weight now

12) In past diets, when did you start to gain back the weight:

After I reached my goal weight

After I lost enough pounds that people started to notice

After just a few weeks or days of deprivation

13) I will count this diet a success if:

I get to where I am eating more healthfully

I lose some weight and inches or go down a size or two

I lose lots of weight

14) How committed are you:

I can do this. I can reach a healthier weight and maintain it

I hope to reach a healthier weight but I feel I could fail

I privately doubt I can reach and maintain a healthier weight

Note: The source for this self evaluation quiz is the Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults published by the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.