How To Stay Motivated To Lose Weight

motivationIf there’s one thing all health experts and dietitians can agree on, it’s that motivation is one of the keys to weight loss success.

It doesn’t matter how great your diet program is, or even how many calories it contains because it won’t help you to lose much weight if you can’t stick to it long enough.

Your desire to stick to any diet plan will come down to how motivated you are to change your lifestyle and get the results you want.

Motivation Tips Can Be Difficult To Find

There are an almost infinite amount of weight loss program out there but advice for staying motivated on them is a lot more scarce. Since the link between successful dieting and motivation are so strong, this lack of motivational advice is quite surprising.

It might arise from the fact that most diets were created by individuals who have no actual personal experience with helping people manage their weight. It’s likely, these same people view weight loss as simply a biological problem rather than a human process. If that’s the case, then that’s big mistake.

How To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

The first thing to keep in mind is that weight loss is a journey that will require a little preparation. We need to plan ahead about how we will deal with any problems that many arise along the way. This will give you more control over the whole process and make your chances of success much greater.

The problem for most dieters is that they don’t plan ahead. They prefer to simply meet challenges as they arise and tend to rely on only 2 things: their willpower and the initial enthusiasm. But these 2 things alone are not enough to deal with temptations which we will inevitably face as we try to alter our eating habits.

Imagine for a second that you’re taking your family on a camping trip. Would you simply rely on willpower and enthusiasm to find shelter and food? Probably not. Chances are, you would spend time packing carefully beforehand considering carefully what you might need.

However, when it comes to losing weight, many of us sail off on the journey without any preparation or planning. It’s almost like we believe that it will be easy and smooth sailing. But what diet ever really runs smoothly? What happens if we encounter a problem or stray from out plan? Most of us give up and quit.

Planning For New Thinking Habits

Although planning for your weight loss journey won’t involve packing equipment, it will involve packing some “new thoughts”. Rehearsing new ways of thinking will need to be adopted to overcome any problems arising on your journey.

Thought it may sound like it, it’s not psycho-babble – it’s just common sense. Successful dieting mostly comes down to motivation and your attitude. It’s more about what’s going on in your head than the foods you are eating.

The Biggest Dieting Problem

The biggest problem for most people when dieting is boredom. This tends to happen after the initial enthusiasm wears off and we get tired of watching what we are eating. We can become somewhat depressed thinking how we must maintain out new eating habits while everyone else is eating whatever they like.

So What Causes Dieting Boredom?

If we lose our sense of direction, it’s easy to become bored. To overcome this problem, we just need to reestablish where we are going. Remember, when we’re dieting, it’s usually to arrive at a specific outcome. Here’s how we might typically think when losing direction with out dieting:

“I’m sick of dieting, it’s so hard. I can’t eat anything I really want and I’m fed up. I have to say no to food when I’m out and visiting friends and I have to watch my family eat in front of me. I don’t have time to exercise. I’m losing weight too slowly and I feel miserable…”

Constantly having these thoughts when trying to lose weight can be demotivating. They only focus on the negative aspects of dieting and our weight loss goals become impossible when we start thinking like that.

Finding A Better Way To Think

Let me now show you a couple better alternatives to the above.

Example 1

“Well, my diet plan it’s working out so great. But you know what, I’m not going to make any excuses. I’ve wasted enough time making excuses over the years. From this moment, no matter what, I’m going to be completely honest with myself.  So what do I really want? I want to get myself into the best shape of my life so I can enjoy that beach holiday I’ve always wanted (or some other selfish goal).

I’ll need to learn how to eat the right foods. I can do this easily if I put my mind to it! It’s not that difficult. What’s worse is hating what I see in the mirror each morning. I want better. Something that’s much better than a bag of chips or a bowl of ice-cream.”

Example 2

“So, this diet isn’t working out so well. But I need to remind myself why I’m dieting in the first place. My whole life I feel like I’ve been eating just to please other people. My mom would say “eat this”, and so I would. My friends say “have some of this”, so I do. My work colleagues say “have a slice of this”, I would have 2. My family would say “let’s eat this”, and so we would. Well that’s enough. I’m not going to eat to please other people anymore. From today, I’m only going to eat to please myself.

And what pleases me the most is the thought of wearing a nice dress to my son’s wedding (or other selfish goal). I know I’m going to have to eat better, but it’s  a very small price to pay for the joy of achieving my goal. Heck! It’s not that hard to eat good food. What’s worse is carrying around all this excess weight around every day. I want better. Something much better than a slice of chocolate cake or packet of biscuits.”

Here’s Are The Important Points To Remember

1. Your weight loss is a journey from point A to B.

2. When we get bored dieting, it’s just a sign we are losing sight of our goal and direction.

3. Whenever we lose direction we need to regain it, quickly!

4. We can regain our direction by firmly remembering why we are losing weight in the first place.

5. You are dieting because you want something better than a quick hit of junk food that will only give you pleasure for a few minutes.

How To Make Dieting Easier

When making changes to our lifestyle, it can be much easier if we have the support of other people. One of the best ways to do this is to join an online forum where there are like-minded people with similar goals to your own.

Other people can provide the encouragement or motivation boost you might need to continue with your dieting if you’re finding it difficult to maintain on your own.

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