If you have been frustrated with the way you look in the mirror, you may have considered starting a diet. It is a great and noble goal, but after thinking it through, you might think that you will be attempting the impossible. To be successful with a diet or exercise program, you need the right motivation. If you don’t have it, you will start off with a bang, but the first stress, challenge, or rough spot can have you giving up altogether. Fortunately, it can be easy to motivate yourself towards losing weight is you know where to start. This list of tips should help you get your head in the game.
1. Determine Your Goals
Before you count the first calorie or cut back on the carbs, you need to clearly identify and define the reasons behind your mission to lose weight. Don’t just think about them. You need to write them down. This way you can read through them daily and use them as reminders when you are tempted to skip a workout or head out for ice cream. Your reasons don’t have to just be about looks. They could include preventing health problems like diabetes, improving your energy to play with your grandkids, or being able to go purchase new jeans in a smaller size.
2. Establish Realistic Expectations
Even if your dieting protocol promises that you will lose several pounds a week and can experience total transformation is no time, you should be realistic about the entire process. If you set the bar way too high for what you hope to accomplish each week, you can quickly get derailed by frustration and disappointment. Set smaller goals, but more of them, if you are wanting to push your potential. Achieving them will boost your morale and give a shot of adrenaline to keep on going. Even losing just 5 to 10% of your body weight can improve your blood sugar control, lower your cholesterol, relieve joint pain, reduce the risk of cancers, and increase your energy levels.
3. Focus on the Process
Everyone gets so caught up worrying about the end result that they often forget to celebrate the little victories along the way. If you change your focus to be about an outcome goal, or things that you want to happen before you reach your target weight, you are less apt to be discouraged if you perceive enough progress isn’t being made. A smaller goal could be increasing your workout by five minutes each week. It could also be increasing your water intake. Whatever it may be, find something the is challenging yet attainable.
4. Choose Your Plan Wisely
There are many different plans that can help you achieve your weight loss goals, but not all of them will work for you. The best options will help you burn through the body fat you have already accumulated and teach you how to choose a healthy meal plan in order to keep the weight off. The HCG diet is one that supplements your body’s ability to burn through stored fat with injections of the HCG hormone, offering faster results than simply restricting intake alone. Some diet solutions have you increasing your protein consumption while severely limiting carbs. Other plans require you to count calories or pursue intermittent fasting. Choose a protocol that you will be comfortable with and able to follow.
5. Keep A Journal
Tracking your progress as you lose weight is another way to help keep your motivation alive. People who track their food intake have been shown to be more like to follow through with the dieting and weight goals. If you are going to do a food journal, you must write down everything you eat, even if it is as something as small as a peppermint at the office. Not only should you record the foods you consume, but you should also note your emotions, whether positive or negative. If you see patterns in your eating that correspond to certain feelings or a state of mind, you can formulate a strategy to help you conquer a weakness. You can keep your journal the old fashioned way with pen and paper or you can use a smartphone app or website.
6. Celebrate All Successes
Let’s be honest. Losing weight can be very hard, so you need to celebrate the small victories every chance you get. By celebrating the fact that you went to the gym five days in a row, you may be more motivated to go back on day six to see how long you can keep the streak going. Don’t celebrate with food, as you wouldn’t want to compromise your progress. However, treat yourself to a bubble bath, a movie night, or a new organic restaurant to help keep the attention on your abilities.
Losing weight doesn’t need to feel like the end of the world. Look at the bigger picture and be encouraged that you CAN do this.
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