If you’re one of those people who sets their sights on losing weight, but then shortly after starting falls back to their old habits, I’m sure you’re interested in learning how to increase your motivation. In a society that promises instant results everywhere, it can be frustrating to get into healthy body habits that will allow you to reach your ideal weight. The good news is that motivation is something that can be worked on to improve it.
Below, we offer you some tips, and you can use the ones you like the most to make the process easier and even fun. These include some basic tips like “think positive” and “love your body,” as well as other, more practical ones, such as joining an exercise group:
Establish a balanced and realistic diet
If you think that you’ll quickly reach your weight loss goal by following restrictive diets like those that have you eat only one kind of food or that get rid of a certain type of food overnight, you’re not being very reasonable. Losing weight requires time, and if you stay consistent, you’ll get there. However, if you want a magic bullet, you might not be able to follow a plan for the long haul.
Your action plan should include schedules, menus and exercise routines, with easily achievable sub-goals.
Let yourself have your favorite foods and little treats
The secret is to not completely deprive yourself, but rather to moderate and reduce your intake of certain foods. Avoiding punishing yourself and extreme prohibitions will fend off negative thoughts and feelings of guilt.
Get support from a nutritionist
From the very beginning, you should know what a healthy and realistic weight is for you, based on your age and height, and use that to establish an achievable goal. Remember that every person is unique and that their needs are different.
Join groups that have the same goal to lose weight
You can use social media groups, where you can share questions, issues, memes, jokes, tips and tricks with other people, making your journey to your ideal weight more enjoyable.
It’s also good to go to the gym
Go jogging or exercise with a friend or group of friends. This way, you’re less likely to stop or postpone these activities, and they will support you and encourage you to continue.
Follow a diet plan and keep a food diary
This way, you’ll become more conscious about your food habits.
Add a touch of humor to your plan
Hang motivational quotes around your house, office or planner, or even make them your phone screen background. Something quotes like “get up and move your butt” can be fun and remind you of your goal. You can also hang up photos of how you looked before or of your progress.
Celebrate and reward yourself for your progress
Whether it be that spa massage you’ve always wanted or another pleasurable activity.
Keep in mind that losing weight is not just about stopping eating junk food or eating only salads, it’s about completely changing your lifestyle, incorporating a balanced diet, drinking lots of water and getting regular exercise. That’s why, as you lose weight, your body will get used to your new habits and you should readjust them continuously, because your needs will change as you get closer to your ideal weight. Are you ready for this challenge?