One of the biggest problems when it comes to losing weight is motivation or the lack thereof. You have to accept the fact that weight loss is a long process especially when you’re carrying a lot of excess weight. The excess weight you are carrying didn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere and it probably took a long time to accumulate. Thus, the process of losing such weight will also take some time. Here are some effective things you can do to stay motivated.
1. Set Reasonable Goals
Again, weight loss is a process and it takes time. The weight you can lose each week is around 2-3 pounds a week or more depending on how much excess weight you’re carrying. Don’t expect too much from yourself. Otherwise you will just be disappointed and it will be more likely that you will give up on your weight loss program.
2. Stay Focused on Your Weight Loss Goal
Focus is very important when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals. Even if important life events like marriage or death in the family occurs, you should stay focused and continue towards your weight loss goal. Sometimes, your weight will fluctuate due to a variety of reasons like water retention and binge eating. These should not hinder you from your goal. One way to stay focused is by keeping a weight loss journal.
3.Turn off the Negative Self-talk
Negative self-talk is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching your weight loss goal. Stop thinking about what you can’t and didn’t do. Instead, think about what you can do to lose weight as fast as possible and always look forward towards the future. You need to think positive and be confident that you can do anything you need to do to lose weight. Positive thinking leads to positive results. Believe in yourself and your ability to reach your weight loss goals.
4. Schedule All Your Workouts
A great way to stay motivated is by creating a workout schedule. Highlight the date and time of your workout on your calendar. When you do this, you will feel bad when you miss a workout so there will be a higher chance that you will follow your workout schedule and exercise regularly. Try different weight loss workouts and determine which ones are best depending on your preferences.
5. Share your Weight Loss Goals with Friends and Loved Ones
Getting support from friends and loved ones can be very helpful in helping you reach your weight loss goal. When others are aware that you are trying to lose weight, you will have an easier time since they can help you avoid temptations and assist you in staying on track. Also, this will give you motivation to continue until you succeed since it would be embarrassing if you fail.
6. Stop Trying So Hard
You can only do so much. The first rule when it comes to weight loss is to avoid eating too little. Some people think that starving is the best way to lose weight. This is not true and it only results to weight gain later on. Also, when you consume very little food the metabolism is negatively affected which makes weight loss a lot harder. You should also avoid exercising too much since this causes stress levels to rise. When stress levels are high, the hormone cortisol is released by the body which triggers cravings for unhealthy and high sugar foods. Cortisol also promotes the storage of fat in the abdominal area.
7. Make a Promise to Yourself
The first and most important step to weight loss is making a commitment. You need to make a promise to yourself. Many people find it useful to sign a written contract to commit to losing weight and stay motivated. The contract should include your ultimate weight loss goal, your time frame and your weight loss plan. You can also write down the reasons you want to lose weight. To stay motivated, review the contract regularly.
It is possible to lose weight, in a manner which is both safe and effective, by following the tips we have included in this article. You should always pay attention to the expectations you set for yourself, as well as avoid the negative self-talk and working harder than you are able to. Remember, the process of losing weight should be gradual, so that you return to your previous figure, without actually endangering your health.
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