9 Weight Loss Motivation Tips
Weight loss is a goal so many of us set ourselves, and unfortunately, so many of us struggle with this. There is no quick fix to losing weight and many fad diets are available that promise instant results.
However, we all really know that the only way to lose weight is through dedication and hard work. However, it can be hard to find the time to fit exercise, meal planning, and the general organizing that losing weight requires.
It is particularly hard to stay motivated when there are so many competing demands on our time – work, children, family, socialising, and occasionally having a rest.
Despite this, motivation is key to losing weight and somehow we all need to find a way to keep those motivation levels up. Here are some top motivation tips to keep you on track to losing weight.
If you are new to exercise there is no point trying to run a marathon in the first week, it simply won’t happen. You need to be realistic about what you are able to achieve, particularly in the beginning. Even small improvements should be seen as an achievement and recognized as such.
However, you also have to be realistic and accept that you are not going to want to exercise every day. If you find your motivation and enthusiasm or you are aching or sore from exercise, you need to take a break. You need to be realistic and accept there will be natural waves in motivation and not give yourself a hard time when it is low.
So much research suggests that exercise and weight loss is much easier when you are not doing it alone. By working out in a group, or keeping food diaries with a friend, you will find motivation is much easier to come by.
You can help motivate each other, and it can force you to go even when you don’t want to because you won’t want to let the other person down.
We all know that a healthy diet is the key to weight loss. However, it also has a huge impact on motivation levels. If you are eating a large amount of heavy, stodgy food, you will feel sluggish and unmotivated.
The key to maintaining motivation is to eat sensibly; you will not only feel more motivated because you will lose weight, but you will also feel more energized.
Get Enough Sleep
Exercise is the same as anything else – it is much harder to do if you have not had enough sleep. Whether it is work, exercise, or being sociable, it is much more effort on no sleep. Weight loss is also aided by a good night sleep so it is important that you get a decent night’s sleep.
Set Yourself Small Goals to Aim For
Setting yourself small goals instead of one large end goal will be much better for your motivation. By achieving small goals along the way, you will feel much better about these achievements. This will inspire you and motivate you to keep going with the weight loss plan and exercise.
Be Motivated In Other Areas Of Your Life
Achieving and being motivated in other areas of your life will spill over into your exercise and weight loss program. It is much easier to continue to keep going throughout the day rather than stop and start.
By being motivated in other areas, even as simple as cleaning the house regularly, you will find yourself much more able to stick to your weight loss goals.
Pick An Item Of Clothing To Aim For
Whether it is the jeans or a dress that you want to fit into again, this will work much better as a reminder of why you need to stay motivated. This is something realistic, achievable, and it means something to you.
Imagine The Worst Case Scenario
Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t exercise or lose weight – would you want to look like that and be that unhealthy? This can be a much stronger incentive and motivator than imaging what you would look like if you do work out.
Focus On The Reasons
Why are you trying to lose weight? It is to look better, to be healthier or some other reason? You need to focus on the reason why you are doing this in the first place, as it will be a constant reminder of why you need to stay motivated.