Let’s face it, losing weight is hard! Damn hard… And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But hey, difficult it might be, but it’s so very worthwhile.
If you truly want to lose weight, it really is possible – no matter how many times you’ve tried (and failed) before. The following are ways that will help you get motivated to a) want to ditch the pounds, and b) actually achieve your goals.
Why do you want to lose weight?
OK, before you even consider how you’re going to drop those extra pounds, let’s talk about WHY you want to lose weight. It could be for a number of different reasons. And in all likelihood, it’ll be a combination of the following:
- You want to look better
- You want to feel healthier
- You want to have more energy
- You want to improve your long term health
Notice one thing that all the above have in common? And that’s that they’re all positive statements. There’s nothing like ‘I hate how I look’, or ‘I feel so ill all the time’.
Putting a positive spin on the actual reason you want to lose weight is key to setting you up in the right frame of mind to begin powering towards your weight loss goal.
Set yourself achievable goals
The key here is to set yourself healthy weight loss goals. It’s simply not going to work if you say to yourself on day one that you need to lose three stone. That is, right now, a step that can only seem possible in someone else’s world – not in yours.
Instead, what you need to do is set out a plan with a whole bunch of small, easily attainable targets. In fact, it’s not even necessary to have an end goal in place right at the start. It’s more important that you see a series of small steps ahead, rather than a death-defying leap…
For example, don’t sign up the super-expensive gym. Chances are you might feel insecure about the way you look. So rocking up to a place where everyone (in your eyes) looks like they were born to advertise lycra is NOT going to motivate you.
Instead, why not challenge yourself to get up 30 minutes earlier every day and go for a walk? You could also challenge yourself to replace French fries for vegetable in your meals. And that you’re not going to fry your bacon, you’re going to grill it.
So, you get the picture. Before you know it, such small steps will have been easily achieved. And this in itself provides you with motivation. Then, and only then, you can challenge yourself to step on the scales, mark down what you weigh, and set yourself a goal of losing, say 3 pounds.
Baby steps – that’s the key here. Don’t demotivate yourself by setting such unachievable targets that you simply give up all together.
Kick the bad habits
OK, so this is, again, something that you can do – but perhaps by taking small steps. Take sugar in your coffee? Well, if you can’t cut it out altogether, then why not cut down the amount. And if you enjoy a latte or cappuccino, then perhaps it’s time to limit the amount of these (they contain a huge amount of fat and calories), and maybe have a simple Americano with milk instead?
Sodas are a huge culprit for scuppering weight loss. A simple can of cola contains massive amounts of sugar. Ditching the soda for water is one of the biggest things you can do when it comes to weight loss. Believe us, you’ll see the pounds falling away if you can do so. And seeing that occur is one of the biggest motivational boosts you could hope to have.
Difficult sometimes, we know. But managing to think positive is crucial to keeping your motivation high. And hey, if you fall off the treadmill (so to speak), you must never stop thinking positive. We’re only human, after all, and are allowed to make mistakes.
Posting up some inspirational quotes about weight loss and fitness in strategic places around the house can really help with your positivity and motivation.
We have to say, we HATE the word ‘diet’. In short, your ‘diet’ is the nutrition that you take in on a daily basis. It’s not, as has come to be accepted, something that you ‘go on’ to lose weight.
You only need to read the list of diets that don’t work to realize that all these so-called ‘fads’ are simply a way for people to make money out of your weight loss failures… And that, we have to say, isn’t going to do anything for your motivation to lose weight.
In short, there’s only one way to lose weight, and that’s to balance the ‘energy in’ (the food you eat) with ‘energy out’ (the calories your body burns to undertake it’s daily output). And this energy needs to be created by a healthy combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise…
Uncover emotional obstacles
Understanding what triggers us to eat unhealthily is key to losing weight. Many of us suffer from emotional eating. In other words, when something stressful causes us to reach for the cookie jar, or the candy, or whatever. Many of us comfort eat, and then feel bad that we’ve done so.
Learn to understand what your ‘bad’ eating triggers are. By realizing your weaknesses, you then begin to take control over both the emotion and your reaction to it. This knowledge in itself is a huge boost to your weight loss motivation – and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be amazed at how you, rather than food, becomes the one in control once more.