How to stay motivated while trying to lose weight:
Motivation is a key factor in the success of losing weight. No-one said the journey was going to be easy, and in fact, some days, it is downright difficult. On the other hand, it is important for you to learn how to overcome the cravings, the mood swings, the disappointment, and all the other negative aspects that tend to be associated with weight loss. A positive outlook is often much more effective, so let’s take a look at how to stay motivated while trying to lose weight.
One of the first things you want to understand is that you don’t need to beat yourself up every time things go wrong. You know the feeling, right? You feel that you have taken care and stayed with your diet for the last two weeks, then you get on the scale and it shows that you have lost nothing or that you have gained a pound or two. Don’t fret about these small setbacks. In truth, if you have been diligent, look on the positive side. Before you started your trek to become fitter, you may have found that in those two weeks, you added ten pounds.
Motivate yourself by eliminating the negative thoughts:
Another aspect that I really believe is crucial to losing weight and maintaining a comfortable size is that you cannot be so strict with yourself that you continually crave restricted foods. Regardless of whether you plan to lose just a few pounds or a significant amount of weight, depriving your body will only hamper your spirits. Find the right balance of good foods and treats that allows you to continue with your goals, but does not so harshly impact your emotions and psyche.
Research and discover acceptable goodies or substitute treats that satisfy your cravings.
If losing weight is a joint effort, don’t compare yourself to the other person. Frequently, husbands and wives or best friends make a pact to lose weight. While the buddy system does provide motivation, it can cause one person to become depressed or discouraged. What starts out to be a great idea, because both people understand the other’s feelings, and when one is down the other lifts her up, the journey often becomes fraught with feelings of resentment and jealousy.
Ultimately, what happens is one person seems to lose the weight quickly or be rewarded for his efforts, while the other seems to have a harder time or does not see the same physical progress. Everybody’s mechanism is different, and clearly, men and women have different metabolisms when losing weight.
To keep yourself motivated, continue to praise the other person’s success, while maintaining your own regimen, but understand that your bodies are not alike. Avoid the tendency to focus on the partner’s results.
For some individuals, dieting becomes second nature. They move away from choosing bad foods and they start to assimilate new habits. For others, years of chronic over-eating and poor eating habits make it difficult to form new routines. Sometimes, it is just better to take a short break. If you take a day or two off so that you can rejuvenate your mind, you will come back to your weight loss journey with renewed interest and motivation. But do not go crazy and overdo it.
Short intervals of leaving the regimen are acceptable within moderation.
For myself, I know that if I am rewarded or if I have fun at something, I can persevere. An example would be adding music to my exercise session. Maybe you have young children and they dance to the learning programs on television. Dance with them. Have fun. Make your endeavor a game if you can to keep moving forward. Likewise, reward yourself if you accomplish a goal. When you set your goals, add little rewards that act as pick-me-ups. This will keep you motivated to stay the course.
Make the daily journey exciting by adding perks, both food and environmental rewards, to your successes.
Finally, remember that each day will have its unique ups and downs. Think about the good you are doing for your body and try to think about the positives that happened throughout the journey. Reaching your realistic goals is not test. You will not be graded and you do not have to be perfect. Give it your best and you will succeed.