Motivation is very important in our everyday lives. It is what keeps us going even through the hard times. We need it whether we’re at work, at school and even when facing day to day challenges we come across in our lives and it has become such a powerful within us that motivation is also useful to people who are losing weight. If a person does not have the motivation then chances are that person would least likely succeed.
When losing weight, we can say that the best motivator we could use is actually being honest with oneself. When we are aware of the truth, we learn how to manage our expectations, set the right goal and most importantly save ourselves from frustration. You need to know what you are capable of and know your limits so that when you start on your weight loss journey, you know what you need to do and how to get there.
You may also want to ask yourself, why do you want to lose weight? Is it because you want to be healthy? Is it because it’s required at work? For someone special perhaps? Whatever the reason, use it as something that will drive to do better when you work-out.
Reasons Why People Lose the Will to Lose Weight
Before we even get into the tips on how to be motivated, we may first want to know and understand why people lose the will power to lose weight. There are actually numerous reasons out there but below are the most common:
You went for the wrong weight loss diet
Most people get discouraged in working out because they don’t see results and it could be perhaps because of the fact that they had the wrong technique in the first place. You may want to choose a weight loss diet that tells you to burn more calories than what you eat. But bear in mind, even if you keep burning the calories yet still not control your diet, you still won’t be getting results any time soon.
Unsatisfied with the results
When we workout, we can’t help but expect to results right away within just after a week or so of doing it. Although some diets do promise weight loss in a short time, some end up unsatisfied because it may be the least of what they were really hoping for.
Less if not no progress at all
First of all, we need to understand that as person loses weight, there are certain phases that he/she has to go through. During the first part of the weight loss program, there are instant results and a dieter may lose up to 10 pounds the most in just a week but as your body because more and more used to your weight loss regimen, results become slow sometimes nothing at all and this is something that a dieter should understand.
Hitting the plateau phase
As mentioned earlier, a person undergoing the weight loss program will be going through phases and one phase that every dieter should be aware and be prepared of is the plateau phase. During this stage, results are quite slow sometimes no results. All dieters experience this, even athletes so to avoid yourself from frustration you may want to prepare for this phase.
Weight Loss Motivation Tips
Keep track of your progress
One of the best ways to motivate ourselves is to see how good we’re doing by taking note of the weight we have lost. We can actually do this by having a notebook or a journal where you can write down your progress or even write about your feelings. You can even make use of your weight loss journal as a food diary where you may take note of what foods attribute to your weight gain and which healthy foods aid you in your weight loss. This way you know what to avoid, what to eat and most of all you see your progress as you slowly lose weight.
Learn to control emotion eating
One of the most common causes of weight gain is emotional eating. It is commonly seen among women but even men experience this too. It is very helpful if you could start off by assessing yourself with questions like, when you feel angry, do you feel like eating? Or when you feel down or sad, do you overeat? Basic questions that confronts your eating habits will really make a big difference because when you are honest with yourself with these questions, then you learn how to deal with the root cause of your weight gain and eventually learn to control it.
Prepare for peer pressure
A lot of us may think of this as an odd motivator for weight loss but believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there most of which are our family and friends who do not understand the process of weight loss very well and may even encourage you to get off your diet even just for a while. Teens are apparently not the only ones who have to deal with this, even grown-ups too which is why, when you meet people like these, be sure to be prepared and learn to say no especially when they tempt you to eat out with them. A great way of dealing with this is by doing activities together that doesn’t involve eating.
Always go for the healthy way
A very sad reality about losing weight is that most people do it for the sake of their physical appearance while only a few do it for health. What many people do not understand that the first reason why they should be losing weight after all is because of health because an obese person is prone to diseases compared to those who aren’t. Looking good after all starts from within, you will always have to remember that you are losing weight in order to improve your quality of life, that you want to live longer and at the bottom of your list you want to look good. There’s nothing wrong with looking good, what’s important is you prioritize your health.
A very exciting motivation is to reward yourself but of course, as much as possible something that you won’t eat although allowing yourself to eat even just once a slice of your favorite cake is fine, it would still be best to do things that you have always wanted to do but you can’t because you need to work-out. You can go out and watch a movie with your friends, buy yourself a new book or spend a day of movie marathon in your home. This is why making short term and long term goals are important so that when you achieve something you get to reward yourself.