How to Stay Motivated to Lose Weight!
Have you ever had the feeling of trying to convince yourself to get up and go to the gym while you’re on the couch?
You can go on for hours and hours and then when you’re almost motivated enough, you’ve probably wasted so much time that you now have things to do. Then comes the feeling of guilt. Then the cycle continues.
Many people would love to lose 5 pounds, but there are those who need to lose, as much as 30, 50, or even 100 pounds. A journey like that is not short nor is it easy and often includes ups, downs, plateaus, and setbacks.
So how can it be accomplished?
Check out these simple techniques that can help you keep motivated on your road to losing weight;
Set Manageable Goals
A 50 or 100-pound loss while impressive is not by any means unattainable, but reaching goals renews your motivation. If you want to keep your weight loss on track, break it down into bite-sized nuggets.
Plan to lose about 5 to 10 pounds a month (as about a one to two-pound loss each week is considered healthy and sustainable weight loss). Anything more than that is a celebration. Anything less is still a victory. The important part is you are setting manageable goals with healthy habits.
Manageable goals can be any goal; It does not have to be your final goal! If you want to exercise twice a week or run 10 miles a week, just set that as your goal; that simple. Then you can reward yourself!
Smaller goals will make you feel that you are getting a bit closer to your final goal and making it easier to achieve.
Set rewards, why are you going to have goals if you are not going to get anything out of them? You have to reward yourself! And again, you do not have to keep the rewards to the end (do not be cruel!); schedule small rewards from time to time to stay motivated.
Give yourself a reward for each session, every week, every pound, or every task you do or finish, it’s up to you. It’s about training your brain. When you realize how good the exercise is, you will have the strength to keep going.
Find A Buddy
The road towards weight loss, in particular, is easier when you decide not to go alone. A workout buddy is a big help. You can diet at home with your spouse, join a weight loss app or program, and hire a nutritionist or a physical trainer. The bigger your support group, the more people’s energy and enthusiasm you can feed off to stay motivated.
Everyone can share their ideas to support each other. After all, a union is always strong.
Change your exercise routine
Who enjoys spending an hour running on a treadmill or sweating on an elliptical for their entire workout session, 5 times a week? While a good cardio session can indeed burn off calories and gets your heart working to help burn fat and improve your overall health, there’s no reason why your workout should seem like such a routine.
Changing the way that you work out will not only help you to keep interested in your workout regime, it will also keep the body guessing so it does not get used to the same old same and will also allow you to target other areas of your body.
Small Diet Changes
The best way to make your weight loss stick involves small sustainable changes you don’t really notice. Flavored waters instead of soda during the day and with meals, smaller plates when you eat, skipping dessert, or eating a little fruit instead of cake are all small sustainable changes to keep your weight loss on track. Most important, these profound habit changes ensure long-term weight loss success.
When it comes to working out and losing weight, as well as establishing other healthy habits, consistency is key. In addition, it is important to be aware of that for our bodies to progress, it requires a settling time to learn how to do the exercise well and be efficient at the same.
Remember always consult your primary care physician for all your health-related advice and stay fit.