When it comes to losing weight there are absolutely no shortcuts.
In order to get results requires both time and patience. If you have a lot of weight to lose you should expect the process to take several months. Or in some cases several years.
Keeping your motivation to lose weight high will be extremely important when you hit the rough patches. And trust us there will be plenty of rough patches.
The good news is there are a few simple things you can do that will help you stay motivated.
Here are 5 ways you can enhance your motivation to lose weight.
List Your Reasons For Wanting To Lose Weight
When you first start your weight loss journey you will be highly motivated.
However, after a few days you will find that maintaining that motivation becomes more and more difficult to do.
That’s why its so important you take the time to write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight.
Keep in mind no reason is too big, or too small.
As long as your reasons are true to the heart, that’s all that really matters.
So what are your reasons?
Do you want to get ready for your 20 year class reunion?
Do you want to improve your overall health? What about being able to play with your children more?
Whatever it is, write it down.
Go over your reasons regularly so they will always be top of mind.
Track Your Progress
We can’t stress the importance of this enough.
Keeping track of your progress is one of the best ways to ensure your motivation to lose weight doesn’t wane.
If you don’t keep track of your progress how will you know if what you are doing is working?
The answer is you won’t.
You should be taking measurements and tracking your weight on a weekly basis at minimum.
The good news is technology has made tracking your progress quick and easy.
MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, and FIIT are all great fitness apps that will help you monitor your progress.
Surround Yourself With Inspirational Quotes
It may sound corny, but when your motivation is on the rocks seeing an inspirational quote can be enough to get your head back in the game.
Consider placing your favorite inspirational quotes on the mirror in your bedroom and bathroom.
That way when you wake up the first thing you get is a dose of inspiration.
You can also place quotes on your refrigerator as a reminder to why you are eating healthy everyday.
Reward Yourself Along The Way
Waiting until you’ve reached your goal to celebrate is never a good idea. You should instead be rewarding yourself as you reach certain milestones.
When you first start out set small goals such as walking 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week. If you stick with that for a month, reward yourself.
As you make progress give yourself bigger goals to reach, and larger rewards to enjoy.
Get a Workout Buddy
Trying to lose weight on your own can be a very lonely and frustrating process.
And while you may think you are the only one struggling to lose weight, we guarantee there are millions of other people in the same boat.
Many of which would love to have a workout buddy.
Ideally you want a buddy that will join you when you go workout. Some buddies however may just be accountability buddies.
A big part of reaching any health and fitness goal is figuring out ways to keep your motivation high.
Always remember that losing weight is a slow process. You will not get results overnight.
And sometimes it can be very difficult to see the progress you have made.
So make sure you are in this for the long haul. You must be willing to make this a lifestyle.
When it comes to motivation it is a very personal matter. What works for someone else might not necessarily work for you.
The idea is to find what gets you moving. Find that thing that wakes you up in the morning and will push you to hit the gym even when you don’t feel like it.
While we believe motivation is a big part of being able to reach your health and fitness goals, we also want you to understand the importance of developing discipline.
We could share a million different motivation techniques but at the end of the day, its all about discipline.
At some point you have to be disciplined enough to eat healthy and workout regardless of how you feel.
When it gets tough, and believe us it will, stay focused on the task at hand.
Look at how far you’ve come and refuse to go back.
Eventually you won’t have to look for external factors to keep you motivated. You will instead be motivated by how you look and feel.
So no matter how difficult it gets, just keep going!