How to Keep Up The Motivation To Lose Weight
If you want to keep up your motivation to lose weight, what should you do? Here are 5 incredibly powerful ways to keep going and not give up as you strive to lose weight.
How To Motivate Yourself for Weight Loss
A wonderful technique that I have used to achieve many of my goals is to write about them every day. Every day, as soon as you wake up, write about losing weight in a diary or in a word document. Writing has incredible power in it because it communicates to your sub-conscious mind that you are really serious about losing weight. Make sure you write at least 500 words a day about weight loss.
What should you write about? Write about why you want to lose weight. Tell yourself that you will not give up and that you will keep going. Write about the challenges you face everyday and how you can overcome them. The magic here lies in the fact that as you keep writing every day, you will start believing that losing weight is a realistic possibility.
Set a Specific Goal
You cannot underestimate the power of setting a clear goal. You may have heard this before but saying ‘I want to lose weight’ is not a very good way to lose weight. You will have a better chance if you say, ‘I want to lose 5 kg in one month’. Clearly define at least the amount of weight you want to lose and the time in which you want to lose this weight. Set small goals initially that look achievable.
For instance, it is better to start with a tiny goal for the next 15 days instead of only setting a goal for the entire year that sounds too huge at the moment. The reason setting a specific goal helps is because you always know exactly where you want to reach and you enjoy the fact that you are moving nearer to that target. This keeps you motivated.
Share Your Goal
Many goal setting experts advocate that you should tell everyone you know about your goal. I think that is very wise advice because then social pressure forces you to work even harder on your goal. I once set a goal publicly on my website and worked extra hard to achieve it because I knew I would be publicly embarrassed if I did not achieve that goal.
Tell your friends and relatives that you plan to lose ‘x’ kg of weight in the next 3 months. Whenever they meet you, they will ask you how much weight you have lost. And the fear of embarrassment there will help you when you feel like giving up on your goal.
Set a Food Goal Along With the Weight Goal
An excellent way to lose weight is to control the intake of fatty foods. Therefore, along with the weight goal you set, also set a goal that limits the fatty foods you purchase. For instance, tell yourself that you will only consume 3 packets of potato wafers in a month. Or, restrain yourself to half a litre of soft drinks in a month. It is preferable that you distribute these fat filled foods throughout the month by having one day in a week when you can consume fat filled foods.
When you restrict your unhealthy food intake like this, you will make sure that you buy only a specific number of fatty food items every month. This will prevent you from succumbing to impulses when you spot some wafers near you. The point is- restrict the amount of oily and sweet stuff you expose yourself to, to make doubly sure you stick to your goal of losing weight.
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Track Your Weight
It is human nature to feel motivated when you know that you are about to achieve a goal and to feel de-motivated when you have no idea how close to the goal you have reached. Purchase a weight balance or visit a weighing machine everyday to monitor your weight every single day. This is very important because when you see yourself losing even a hundred grams on a certain day, you will be excited to eat lesser the next day so that you can see an even lower number on the weighing machine.
This tendency to see smaller numbers on the weighing machine everyday will help you avoid the temptation of a chocolate or a fat filled sweet delicacy. I would definitely prefer a digital weighing machine to an analogue one because you will be able to find out the exact number of grams lost every day. It is a good idea to note down the weight you have lost every day in your journal because then you will try harder to exercise more and abstain even more from fatty foods.
Establish a Simple Exercise Routine
When they think of losing weight, many women plan exotic workouts and exercises. This is not necessary. What is essential however is to establish a simple routine and stick to it every day. The simplest exercise routine you can establish is just walking for half an hour every day. Set a fixed time for this activity and just do it. A person who weighs 63 kilograms will lose around 120 kilo calories after 30 minutes of walking. That is not much for one day, but the kilo calories lost add up over time.
What I mean to say is that the kind of exercise does not matter as much as the fact that you do it every day consistently at the same time. Losing 500 kilo calories in one day is no good if you don’t perform that exercise again the next day.Choose something simple initially that you can sustain and stick to for a month at least.
Contrary to what many women think, losing weight is not tough. After all, everyone knows that all you need to do is to eat healthy food and exercise more. However, you do need to persist and discipline yourself a bit to lose weight. Start by setting a clear goal, track your weight every day, develop a simple exercise routine, write about weight loss every day and restrict the amount of fatty foods you buy in a month. Just doing these things will help you become fit in some months. It’s absolutely possible!