Starting a diet is fairly easy. Sticking to it is a whole different thing. Your weight loss goals sometimes seem impossible, you get depressed and go back to your old eating/overeating habits. Nothing ever changes. In this short article, we are going to talk about the best ways to motivate yourself to lose weight. Let’s get to it.
- Find a reason. If you really want to lose weight, you will have to find a reason why. With no goal, there’s no point in even trying. There are many health-related reasons that just write themselves: avoiding diabetes, living long enough to see your kids grow up. Some other reasons, just off the top of our heads – looking your best, getting confident, putting on your favorite dress, etc. There’s no shortage of reasons as to WHY you should lose weight.
- Realistic expectations. Thanks to all the scam artists and ridiculous ads, people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to weight loss. You do your research, calculate the realistic amount of weight you can shed per month and stick to it.
- Many goals. There’s an overarching reason, obviously. You need to set up some smallish goals, as well. Challenge yourself every day. The experience is going to be incredibly rewarding.
- Pick the right diet. The first thing you need to realize that you need to find a diet that you can stick to. It’s your life from now on, make sure you can stick to it. There are literally millions of different diets available on the internet, do your research and stay away from extreme ones.
- Celebrate. You do not some kind of reward system. Maybe your new diet helps you save money? That’s great, use that money to buy something or go to see a movie, etc. You need to make sure your achievements are properly rewarded.
- Find support. Family members, friends, everyone needs to support you. Granted, there are some people who couldn’t care less about the outside support and are self-sufficient enough to just keep on going, but most people require positive feedback and validation.
- Learn to forgive yourself. If you ever lapse, do not try to overeat (might as well eat a pizza, that kind of thinking), do not put your diet on hold, just keep on moving. One mistake is not going to ruin your process.
- Find a role model. That’s pretty self-explanatory. Find a person that currently has the perfect body (in your eyes).
- Find a weight loss buddy. That’s closely related to #6. The best-case scenario, your SO or a family member joins you on this weight-loss crusade.