Maintaining the motivation to lose weight can be extremely challenging and it’s usually where most dieters stumble.
Maintaining the motivation to lose weight is so challenging because you’ll be tested at every stage of the game and you need to be mentally and emotionally prepared in advance or else … you’ll simply give up and give up on your weight loss goals.
The month of January and the whole concept of New Year’s Resolution is the best example of how easy it is to start a weight loss program or a weight loss meal plan program with great enthusiasm and simply lose all motivation after only a few weeks.
You’ll need to rely on more than just the major events in the year (like New Year’s or bikini season) to keep you motivated.
I heard a statistic on The Doctors show that only 2% of people who start a healthy meal plan or an exercise plan will keep at it for more than 5 years. That means that 98% of people who start a healthy meal plan or an exercise plan fail to maintain the motivation to lose weight and keep the weight off for more than 5 years! It’s no wonder the average person is starting a new diet every other Monday.
>>> If you’ve been trying to lose the weight over and over again with little success … make sure that you know how to maintain your motivation to lose weight by applying the following easy tips:
1. Make your weight loss goals count: If your ultimate goal is losing 30 lbs to fit into a bikini by summer, it might not be enough to keep your weight loss motivation much past that point. If you look at your weight loss from the perspective of wanting to be healthier, fitter and happier, you’ll inevitably fit into that sexy bikini because your goal will become a lifestyle (long term) goal instead of a short lived goal.
2. Dr. Oz’s truth-tube: If you’ve watched the Dr. Oz show, then you know that he puts all the guests who are looking to lose weight in his truth-tube. Dr. Oz will have the participant take the truth-tube before they start their weight loss meal plan/program, during the program and at the end of the program. He does that to see the evolution and progress. You’ll also notice that on “The Biggest Loser” they weigh participants weekly. It’s true it’s because it’s a way of eliminating people, but it’s also a good way to see if you are on track. Keep your motivation at peak levels by knowing your numbers. You can track some of your progress on your own, but you might also want to visit your doctor and have blood work drawn just before you begin your new diet in order to have something to compare it with as you get healthier. As you get healthier, you can go back on a regular basis to see changes in your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other important numbers.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or another health problem, just going off of your medications and knowing you have eliminated the health risk can be great motivation. That is one of the major indicators of progress for Dr. Oz.
3. Make yourself a priority: Women are guilty of putting themselves last and putting everyone else first. With our busy lives it can be quite challenging trying to fit everything in. You will want to take as many steps as possible to put yourself first even if it just means taking 30 minutes per day to exercise. You might also want to set bigger goals for yourself like taking a 5k run (or walk). Just knowing that you have set that goal for yourself down the road will give you the necessary motivation to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised by your incredible improvements.
Alternatively, you can sustain your motivation to lose weight by competing against yourself. Sign up for a 5-kilometre run every month or so and challenge yourself to improve your time.
4. Find a partner: If you find that staying motivated on your own is too difficult, why not find a partner to help keep you on track. Partnering up with someone can simply mean having someone to call up or email when you are having a particularly challenging day. Just knowing that someone is in your corner can really help you mentally and emotionally. Having a partner will also help on those days when you just don’t feel like working out. Your partner can be the push you need to get you off the sofa/couch and into your fitness routine. It’s simple: if you team up with a friend or family member who will hold you accountable, you could both reach your goals much faster and push through the hard times.
5. Recognize your accomplishments: It’s far easier to maintain your weight loss motivation by measuring your results by comparing them to the goals you’ve set for yourself. If you’re doing a good job at sticking to your fitness program or your weight loss meal plan, you surely want to give yourself praise. When you reach milestones, you will want to recognize it and celebrate it. This will give you the motivation you need to keep you moving forward.
6. Give yourself a reward or two: Giving yourself praise for reaching some of your weight loss goals is important, but you also want to reward those accomplishments. Ideally, you want to avoid rewarding yourself with food … since you are trying to get down to a healthier weight. You really want to reward yourself with other things like a pedicure or buying new clothes or going to the hairdresser for a new hair cut.
There is no doubt that setting rewards to be enjoyed at regular intervals will help you keep your eyes on the prize. Having only one big reward at the end once you’ve achieved your ultimate weight loss goal won’t work since it is so far off and you might not have the will power to keep yourself on track until you get to that point since it might be months away. Smaller rewards set every 5 or 10 pounds will deliver that motivation to lose weight and keeping losing weight until you’ve reached your ultimate weight loss goals.
Finding the motivation to lose weight is easier than you think. It’s a question of including small steps along the way to keep you motivated.
If you have other tips to keep your motivation to lose weight, I’d love to hear from you.
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