8 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight
- Created: 28 January 2019 28 January 2019
Losing weight is difficult, as is any change we make in our lives that requires a lot of mind power and determination. But we can also make it a little more difficult than it needs to be just because we don’t have the proper techniques necessary to win, or we waste time on strategies that fail each time.
We are confident you can achieve your health goals with our tips to motivate your journey. Let’s go!
Address Nutritional Deficiencies
Motivation and commitment will only get you so far if you have nutritional deficiencies or an underlying cause for your inability to drop weight. A trip to your GP and a simple blood test will determine if there are any issues and identify a sustainable nutritional plan for you. This should be one of the first steps you take if losing weight has never come easy. Not exactly the most motivating, but skipping this step can definitely prevent your progress which in turn will un-motivate you.
Practice Mindful Eating
Mindful eating is the practice of consuming food with a heightened awareness. It has been proven to help people lose weight, make better food choices and change the way we look at food. Overeating is a perfect example of mindless eating. Not only does this affect our weight but it also puts a burden on our digestive system to process more food than it cares to.
You can start practicing by switching off all electronics and sitting at a table to eat. Chew your food slowly and notice all the flavours, textures and smells. When you feel full, this is when you would stop to eat, but take a moment to realise this feeling of satiety. Lose all distractions and learn to connect with your meal and enjoy the process.
Adopt a Healthy Mindset
Mindset is everything when it comes to changing habits. When you think of losing weight - what is the first thing that comes to mind? What is your ‘why’? The results that last the longest are the best kind, and to achieve long-term success, you need to want weight loss for the right reasons.
Feeling confident and fitting into your jeans is ok to want, but if that is your only motivator your results won’t last, and you are likely to fluctuate which is hurtful to your health. Try switching your mindset to think of getting healthy as opposed to losing weight. What could be more important than your health?!
Wanting to make a change for your state of being will also make your food choices much easier to stick to. Take a cooking class with a nutritionist, read healthy living and non-toxic living blogs or embark on a nutrition retreat where you can surround yourself with others who want the same lifestyle. Knowledge is power and when you know how harmful some of the food choices of your past are to your body - eating healthy will come easy.
Ditch the Diet
No one likes to diet, and diets tend to focus on the short term. But what happens when you’re left to fend for yourself and navigate the events of life afterward. Losing weight isn’t about dieting, it's about eating well for now, and for the rest of your life. While eating fast food might be a treat you like to indulge in every so often, eating junk food daily would be detrimental to your health - forget the weight!
Get clear on what it is your body needs to survive and function at its best and design your food choices around that. Give your body what it needs, and it will give right back to you.
Get a Workout Buddy
Exercising with a friend is not only fun, but it keeps you accountable. Letting yourself down is one thing, but disappointing a friend down at the same time makes you think twice about canceling a workout.
Imagine if the simplest techniques were the ones that really worked. Guess what? They actually do. We can sometimes full into the trap of believing there is a magic trick to achieve our goals, ignoring the essential small steps that seem trivial but by not getting the fundamentals right we are setting ourselves up for failure.
This is how it works: Our brains process the feeling of hunger and thirst the exact same way in our minds. When we feel thirsty, we automatically think we are hungry. Symptoms such as dry lips and mouth are not exactly the best cues for thirst. If those symptoms present themselves, you’ve waited too long to sip on some water. It is more like a cry for help.
When you’re feeling peckish, have a glass of water, wait 15 minutes and see how you feel.
Find an Exercise You Love
Exercising is fun, trust us! It is especially fun when you practice something you love. There are so many options out there, but there is only one way to find out what you love, and that is by trial and error. If you like to go out with your friends and dance, Zumba is a good choice. Or you might prefer a team environment in which case you would join a basketball team. Think outside the box and try something that matches your personal passions.
Use Social Media to Inspire You
Social media has its pro’s and cons. It can make us feel bad about ourselves or inspire us - depending on how you use it. Treat social media as you would your close circle of friends, only follow people who bring you up and provide your life with joy. Start following hashtags that interest you and watch as your social media feed fills up with yummy and healthy food photos and weight loss tips.
We spend significant time on social media every day, so make it work to your benefit and have some fun with it!
You have the power to lose weight by merely changing the way you look at and approach the situation. Have patience with yourself and be kind with your words. You will get there sooner or later. Try not to rush the journey and enjoy the investment you are making in yourself.
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