To lose weight can be challenging for everybody. It is a goal we want to achieve for our own personal health. But there always seem to be so many obstacles in the way.
Keeping motivated is one the most common obstacles that we have to face. We start losing the weight. People start to notice and we receive compliments. We find our clothes are starting to fit. We have more energy. Life is good!
Then we get complacent. The carbohydrates increase, as we order “just the one pizza for the weekend”. Our exercise routine is broken, as we have to do extra hours at work. The list goes on. I have been there many a time, as I am sure you have as well.
But there is a way to counter all this and give yourself a head start and support yourself, so that you can lose weight. Master these motivational tips, so you can feel empowered to keep going.
5 Motivational Tips To Help You Lose Weight
Keep A Record Of What You Eat
I managed to get to my “goal weight” with Weight Watchers, many years ago. I am sure it was because I had to write everything I ate on a tracker sheet. When you can see in black and white, how much you consume in a day, it makes you think. If you feel bold enough, have a go now! Write down everything you ate yesterday. It certainly puts it into perspective.
Whatever diet or healthy eating plan you follow. Start writing everything down. It will keep you on track and motivate you to stick to your weight loss plan.
Check out this Free Weight Loss Guide from the NHS. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/start-the-nhs-weight-loss-plan/ You can download a 12 week, diet and exercise plan for free!
We are all bombarded with images in magazines and on the television. Showing us the latest fashions and styles, modelled by beautiful men and women. Nobody is perfect. With the advancements in technology, we cannot always be sure, that what we see, is always true.
Look at your body shape and take into account your age and your health. Make sure you select a realistic goal weight. If you are honest with yourself and select a weight that is achievable healthy, you will reach it. If you select one that is unrealistic, it will be impossible to feel motivated in the long run.
Joanna Soh explains on her excellent video, the different body types and the types of exercises that we can do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lSs_qsU55U
Treat Yourself At Different Stages
There is no better way to motivate yourself, than to have something to look forward to. 🙂 At different Stages during your weight loss plan, make sure you arrange something just for you.
Perhaps you love massages or like spa days. Maybe you have had your eye on a dress or a suit for a while, but have not been able to fit in it. Go for it! Buy it! You have lost weight and reached your goal. You deserve it. This is pure motivation, as you are rewarding yourself with things you love.
Keep setting these mini treats as you lose weight. The ultimate is to set a fantastic treat when you reach the final target.
Do An Exercise That You Love
In order to lose weight, we all know it is best to do exercise alongside a healthy diet. But what most of us forget to consider, is the exercise that we actually do. If you want to keep motivated it is imperative that you select an exercise that you love.
If you are like me, you have probably tried lots of different types of exercises over the years. Consequently, I have a pretty good idea what exercises I love to do. Walking and Yoga are my thing. Circuit training and running are definitely not 🙂
Selecting your favourite exercises will ensure that you enjoy exercising and will lose weight. You will always feel motivated to exercise. Do not make the mistake of doing something you only like every now and then.
Being positive goes hand in hand with being motivated.
If you think you will not lose weight, you probably will not.
Of course it is hard to remain positive when you have weighed yourself and found that you have not lost any weight. It is also difficult to accept, when you lose weight in certain areas of your body, but not the areas where you wanted to lose it.
But the trick with all of this…is to keep going. Remain positive! This week was not your week, but next week will be.
Always look for the positive and eliminate the negative.
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