When it comes to finding the motivation to make a massive change to your lifestyle there is often a “tipping point” – a point at which you finally decide enough is enough and you make the necessary changes. This tipping point takes you from merely wishing you had a better physique to actually doing something about it.
The tipping point is a magical occurrence where suddenly you go from inaction to action. Where you actually want to get out of bed a little earlier in the morning to hit the gym before work. And where you’ll gladly turn your nose up at junk food in exchange for a delicious fresh salad.
Have you reached your weight loss tipping point yet?
Now each of us is different and the factors that lead to us reaching our own “tipping point” will vary greatly. However there are a number of simple exercises you can deliberately partake in which will help you to get ever closer to that magical state of mind.
View Weight Loss As A Positive Rather Than A Negative
There are two aspects to weight loss. Firstly there are the downsides such as having to exercise rather than sit in-front of the TV, and eating “good” food rather than some tasty yet fattening junk food. Weight loss requires a degree of discipline and self-motivation. It requires you to actively participate. It requires effort.
Then there are the positives. As you get into shape and shed excess fat you will start to feel better about yourself. People will notice how well you’re looking and will start to comment. You’ll feel healthier, younger and fitter. You’ll feel more confident, clothes will fit you better and you’ll look better half naked on the beach (or totally naked in the bedroom!). You’ll sleep better and have more energy throughout the day. And maybe you’ll even inspire others to make some positive changes in their lifestyle.
Too many people focus on the negatives as an excuse to not get started or to quit shortly after they begin. A great way to move towards your tipping point is instead to focus your energies on considering all the positives of getting into shape.
Because when the positives outweigh the negatives in your mind getting motivated becomes automatic.
Commit Only For The Short Term
Let’s imagine you’ve got 30lbs of weight to lose. At 2-4lbs of weight lost per week it’s realistically going to take you up 3 months of hard work to achieve your weight loss goal. Now I think you’d agree that while it’s not the end of the world, 12 weeks of regular exercise and healthy eating can sound like quite a scary prospect. That’s a long time to give up on your current lifestyle.
But here’s a weird thing. The biggest motivator of all when it comes to weight loss is results. The more results you see, the more you want to stick to your program. It’s when you put the effort in but don’t see the results that it becomes tempting to give up.
What’s more as you lose more and more weight, and start to look better and better every day you will find that you want to keep pushing on. Suddenly weight loss becomes a game – it becomes fun – and you can’t wait to see how much weight you’ve lost this week.You just need to get started. And your results will help to carry you on.
So rather than committing to a new weight loss plan for months to come, why not consider committing for just a week or two? A month at most. With even a modicum of effort while exercising and eating right most people can lose considerable weight in just a couple of weeks. Furthermore committing for just a week or two of healthy eating to “test it out” sounds far more achievable – and far less scary – than committing for the long term.
Of course when that weight starts dropping off effortlessly you may well find that you want to commit for the long term, but initially consider just trying out a new diet as an “experiment” for a couple of weeks just to see what results you can generate. Stick to it religiously, work hard and just see how much better you look and feel a short while later. I have a feeling you’ll want to keep going as the momentum grows.
Buy A Full-Length Mirror
A common motivator among people who have lost significant amounts of weight has been catching a glimpse of themselves in a mirror, a shop window or seeing a photo taken by a friend or family member. They take a long, hard look and think “Geez, I didn’t realize I looked that bad”. Then they go out to remedy that situation.
Seeing yourself as others see you – rather than just your face in the bathroom mirror – can often be enough to realize how far you’ve come from the ideal and encourage you to get going on your weight loss plans.
Buying a full-length mirror and putting it somewhere like near your closet so you’ll catch a glimpse of yourself regularly when you’re getting dressed can be a great motivator. It can motivate you initially to get started as you realize how little you like what you see. But it can also motivate you throughout your weight loss program as you start to notice that you’re looking leaner, healthier and more toned thanks to your efforts.
I can assure you it’s a great feeling when you glimpse at yourself half naked in the mirror and are genuinely quite surprised and impressed with what you see. Wouldn’t it be nice to (modestly!) look in the mirror in the morning and say to yourself “not bad!” as you examine your flat stomach, toned bum and muscular arms?
Write A List Of Reasons Why You Hate Being Overweight
If you’re reading this report then clearly you want to lose weight. Maybe you want to lose a lot; maybe you want to lose just a little. But it’s safe to say that you want to at least some some weight. The question is “why”?
If you’re like me then there are a number of reasons that you’d like to lose weight. Some examples might include gaining confidence, more attention from members of the opposite sex, to be able to buy clothes you like or to be able to play with your kids in the garden without breaking into a sweat!
It can be very powerful to put aside a little “me time” where you won’t be interrupted, grab a pen and paper and really put some thought into your motivations. What is happening in your mind that has made you want to get into shape? What have the experiences, problems or situations been that have got you to this stage right now?
Write them all down, in detail. Taking the time to consciously think about the reasons why you want to lose weight and to write them down can really help to bring them to the forefront of your mind. And when they’re so fresh in your mind they will have far more control over your actions and help you to reach your own tipping point.
Write Down What You Want To Achieve
This is the other side of the last point. As well as considering why you want to lose weight – in other words what you want to change about yourself – another beneficial exercise is to consider what you really want to achieve in terms of your physique. Yes, I know you want to lose weight, but what size do you want to be? Do you just want to burn some fat or do you want to look more toned? Do you want to look athletic or just thin? Are there exercises you’d like to be able to do? Do you want to be able to run a marathon, cycle more or just feel better in your skin?
Write down these goals being as specific as possible so your general thoughts can be set down in black and white. Research has shown we are 80% more likely to achieve a goal when it is written down rather than just held in our heads.
Ask Your Partner For Photos Of Physiques That They Find Appealing
This is a strange and rather sensitive tip so use it with caution but for some people it works well. While we’d all like to think our partner only has eyes for us we know deep down that most of our partners find certain other people attractive. Maybe that’s just someone they see in the street or maybe it’s a celebrity like a movie star or a singer. Now I’m not for a moment suggesting your partner would act on that impulse but if you ask them there are probably a few people they find “hot”.
The thing is that we can all change our appearance through proper diet and exercise. Maybe you don’t want to bleach your hair or have surgery but we can all achieve a sexier, more attractive physique with a little effort.
By having a clear picture in your head of the type of body that your partner likes can not only motivate you to try and achieve a similar look but there is the added bonus that the closer you get to that physique the more attractive your partner will find you. So it’s really a bonus for the both of you.
If you’d like to try this idea have your partner go online to try and find a few pictures of physiques they like. Ask them what appeals about those physiques and using these various points as a guide try to decide what your ideal physique would look like if you wanted your partners eyes to pop out of their head next time to got undressed at bedtime!
Compare Yourself To Others
Go for a walk on a warm summers day when most people are wearing skimpy clothes and subtly compare your physique to theirs to try and make a fair comparison. Who looks better than you? Why? Who looks worse? Why? What percentage of the people you see look better than you – and how would it feel as this number shrinks ever smaller thanks to your weight loss plan?
Imagine just how powerful it would be to get really lean, toned and tanned to the point you can walk along the beach and genuinely say that you have the best physique there. What an overwhelmingly satisfying feeling this would be.
Comparing yourself with others can be depressing if you’re not careful because we all tend to be our own harshest critic so you need to be totally honest with yourself about your findings and try to use these as a motivating factor rather than one that will make you want to take anti-depressants!
Consider What Your Body Says About You
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but like it or not most of us do it all the time. Slim people look healthy, elegant, sexy and in control of their lives. They look intelligent, they have self-discipline.
On the other hand many people will look at someone overweight and think they’re someone who isn’t in total control of their life. They’re someone who eats too much junk food, doesn’t exercise and isn’t healthy. While this may not be the case, if you’re overweight there is still a risk other people may think this about you.
So look in the mirror right now and try to forget you’re looking at yourself. What would a stranger have to say if they saw you walking down the street like that right now? Would they be transfixed by your physique or wondering how many donuts you’ve eaten today?
As I say – these assumptions are almost certainly not true. I know as well as you do that life can just get in the way. That getting started losing weight takes a degree of effort. That it’s easy to put on weight when you’re focusing on other things and just getting on with living your life. But consider the messages your body is giving off about you to strangers – whether they’re true or not. Then seek to improve on those assumptions.Become the person about whom people say “wow, did you see how hot they were?!”.
Believe In The Possibilities
You need to believe that it really is possible for you to change. Frankly, it really is possible so you should believe it. Anyone can change with a little effort. But too many people I speak to believe they are in some way a “special case”. They’re fond of saying things like “Oh, it’s OK for you. But things are different for me…”
Sure, things may very well be different. But attaining the figure you desire is still well within your grasp. And you have to believe this is an unshakable fact. Not that getting slim would be nice. But that it is entirely possible if only you put in the necessary effort.
You have to believe in the possibilities.
Dream Yourself Slim
More than just believing that your transformation is possible you have to be able to feel what it will be like to achieve your optimum weight. Emotions are even stronger than standard thoughts so it’s incredibly powerful to visualize your life when you shed your unwanted weight.
Sit or lie down, close your eyes and just try to imagine being that person you’ll become soon enough. Feel the rush of confidence. Experience how good it feels to walk down the beach just knowing that people are looking at you for all the right reasons. Notice how much more pleasant clothes shopping feels. Consider even how good it feels to exercise – how much more energetic and invigorated you feel.
Try to remember these feelings. You might simply be conjuring them up and imagining them now, but these feelings can become an everyday reality for you when you meet your goals. Take some time before every exercise session to go back to that “special place” which will put you in the right frame of mind to really push the boundaries with your workouts and drive you toward your eventual goal.