How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

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How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight

There are many ways to lose weight fast, however if you do not pick the right methods, most of them will leave you unsatisfied and unmotivated.

Starting a weight loss program is one thing. Sticking to a weight loss program is a totally different thing because many people lack the motivation to keep going.  

You can however work on increasing your motivation so you can lose weight fast. 

If you have decided to lose weight and have started on a weight loss program, you have achieved the first big step. The next step is to motivate yourself so you can maintain your enthusiasm to meet your weight loss goals.

1.Know Why You Want to Lose Weight

Clearly define why you want to lose weight. Is it for medical reasons? Do you want to look good? Do you want to be more confident about yourself? Do you want to be fit? Write your reasons and remind yourself of them every day.

2.Make a Commitment

Make a commitment to lose weight and make it publicly known.   Studies show that if you make your commitment public, it is most likely that you will stay motivated to seriously work on it.

3. Set Small and Attainable Goals

Setting high and unrealistic goals can be a stumbling block in achieving that particular goal. It can be overwhelming to have a goal of losing 25 pounds in three months. Aiming on losing three pounds a week for 9 weeks seems more achievable. In the end you will be losing the same amount of weight.

Many experts recommend 1-2 pounds per week as the most achievable weight loss goal. Aiming at losing an unachievable weight can lead to frustration and eventual dropping out of the weight loss program. Achievable weight loss goals can make you have a feeling of accomplishment and will motivate you to keep on going.

4.Write Down Your Goals and Keep Them Visible

Written goals are serious goals. Write down your weight loss goals and stick them in your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door or on a spot where you will surely see them every day and constantly be reminded of what you need to achieve.

5 .Avoid Aiming for Perfection

Aiming for perfection always leads to demotivation. Allow yourself a cheat day every week. Be flexible and learn to forgive yourself when you slightly deviate from your weight loss routine. In short, do not be too hard on yourself. A single mistake will not bring you back to square one.

6.Always Start Your Day with a Motivational Phrase

Motivational phrases serve as positive reinforcements to achieve your goals. Self-talk such as,”I can do it” or “I will do better today,” will help you stay motivated in achieving your goals. Check out other self-talk motivational phrases that can help you in your fat loss routine.

7.Pick a Weight Loss Program that Fits your Lifestyle

If your weight loss program is a perfect fit to your lifestyle you will most likely find it enjoyable. When you enjoy what you are doing, you will be motivated to keep on going. There are many different types of exercises that can help you lose weight.  Find an exercise routine you enjoy so it can easily be part of your daily routine.

8.Keep Track of Your Progress

Keeping track of your progress is an important aspect of your weight loss program.  Keep a journal and write down everything you eat, the exercises you did for the day as well as for how you exercised for the day. Weigh yourself every week and write it down, too.

9.Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

You may know of a personality that was successful in her weight loss program and perhaps you decided to hang her picture to serve as motivation for your own weight loss goals. While her achievements can serve as a motivation that you too can do it, you may be too hard on yourself. This will lead to frustration and de-motivation.

10.Have an Exercise Buddy

Having a friend who shares in the same goals as you have with can help you be serious in your commitment to your slim fast goal. Being with someone or a group is way better than when you are alone. You may get bored exercising alone and this can lead you to be less motivated.

It will also be a big help if you have the regular support of someone who can give you feedback on how you are doing so far. Share your slim fast goal with a close friend or family member so they can support your goals.

11.Find a Role Model

A role model can help keep you motivated to continue working on your weight loss goals. Be sure though to choose the right kind of role model. Choose one to whom you can relate, preferably one who is on the same weight loss program.

12 .Always Talk and Think Positively

Be positive about your expectations so you will be confident that you can achieve your goals and thus lose more weight. As much as possible, only think of positive thoughts. Construct your sentences in a positive manner. Always talk and think positively about your weight loss goals but make sure to focus on steps you need to take to achieve your goals. More importantly, always be realistic.

13 .Appreciate and Love your Body

Appreciate and love your body regardless of shape and size, and take steps to improve your body image. This will boost your morale and help you stick to your weight loss routine. Make it a point to look in the mirror every day and say out loud the things you like about your body.

14.Celebrate your Successes

Losing weight is hard and takes a lot of discipline. Always give yourself a pat on your shoulders and reward yourself for every success you achieve, no matter how small. Make sure though to pick the right reward.

Having a soothing bubble bath after meeting your weight loss goal for the week is an appropriate reward. Pigging out is a dreadful reward. Rewarding yourself will boost your motivation to keep on going.

15.Seek the Advice of Experts

It is always best to seek the advice of a professional before starting a weight loss program. This way you will feel more confident and motivated that you are doing the right thing. It will also boost your morale that you will achieve your weight loss goals.

If you are constantly struggling to keep motivated, seek the help of a motivational expert. They have proven to have successfully helped people achieve their goals. You can seek the help of an exercise psychologist or a physiologist. He can help boost your knowledge and motivation in achieving your weight loss goals.

Being motivated to achieve your weight loss goals is essential especially when you are into a long-term weight loss program. You will be encountering many stumbling blocks and barriers until you finally achieve your goals.

Motivating yourself to keep on going takes a lot of discipline. It is therefore important to identify what keeps you motivated and stick to it. The success of your fast weight loss program depends entirely on you – how committed and motivated you are to achieve your goals for a better you.

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