7 Ways To Stay Motivated Through Your Weight-Loss Journey
Being motivated to lose weight is important for long-term weight loss success. We all have different factors that we find motivating, so it is important to find out what helps motivate you. But what does motivation to lose weight look like to you? Where does it come from and why do you need it?
- Why You Want to Lose Weight? - Clearly define all the reasons you want to lose weight and write them down. This will help you stay committed and motivated to reach your weight loss goals as it allows you to identify your own weight loss inspiration.
- Have Realistic Expectations - Setting unattainable goals can lead to feelings of frustration and cause you to give up. On the contrary, setting and accomplishing achievable goals leads to feelings of accomplishment. Many diets and diet products claim quick and easy weight loss. However, most practitioners recommend only losing 0.5–1 kg per week.
- We all know people who inspire us, whether it is their focus and perseverance, their energy or they are just fun to be around. Soak up all their knowledge and absorb their energy to help with your own weight loss inspiration.
- We often feel as though we have failed because we set overwhelming, unrealistic goals of weight loss success. While manifesting a healthy lifestyle and focusing on where you want to be is a crucial part of change, so is setting goals for yourself that you know you can achieve. Consider setting SMART goals to set strong goals as they will help you stay motivated, while focusing only on outcome goals can lead to disappointment and decrease your motivation.
- In your time of need and especially those where you feel yourself falling into the dangerous pit of temptation – having a friend to help you can mean the difference between you celebrating some weight loss that week or agonisingly having to set the clock back.
- Keep a Weight Loss Journal - Self-monitoring is crucial to weight loss motivation and success. Research has found that people who track their food intake are more likely to lose weight and maintain their weight loss. However, to keep a food journal correctly, you must write down everything you eat. This includes meals, snacks, and the piece of chocolate you ate off your co-worker’s desk.
- Love & Appreciate Your Body, There Is No Such Thing As Perfect - People who have positive expectations and feel confident in their ability to achieve their goals tend to lose more weight. Think and talk positive. You do not have to be perfect to lose weight. If you have an "all or nothing" approach, you are less likely to achieve your goals. When you are too restrictive, you may find yourself saying "I had a burger and chips for lunch, so I might as well have pizza for dinner." Instead, try to say, "I had a big lunch, so I should aim for a healthier dinner" Remember that one mistake is not going to ruin your progress. Avoid beating yourself up when you make a mistake.
Smart stands for:
- Time - Based
Some examples of SMART goals include:
- I will walk briskly for 30 minutes four days next week.
- I will eat four servings of vegetables every day this week.
- I will only drink one soft drink this week.
Physical activity is also an important part of losing weight. Not only does it help you burn calories, but it also improves your well-being. The best kind of exercise is one that you enjoy, that way you will stick with it. Remember to give yourself flexibility and celebrate the little successes along your weight loss journey.
Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed. With the proper tools and support, you can find and stay motivated to reach your weight loss goals.
Quote of the Month – A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence. - Jim Watkins