From my personal experience, losing weight is easier said than done. No matter how vigorously and ambitiously I started, it always got more complicated before it got easier. Of course, having a personal trainer to keep you on your toes is helpful for most people. But without a strong inner drive, you might even find yourself dodging your personal trainer. It is possible, though, to develop a sustainable weight loss routine in your weight loss habit.
While researching this article, I came across a similar report from Healthline entitled 16 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight, which touches on some of the points I raise.
The secret is that your drive must come from within you to power through the times when your body is tempted to throw in the towel. Below are five powerful techniques for staying motivated in your weight loss routine.
1. Be Clear About Your Reason for Wanting to Lose Weight
Never lose sight of why you are engaging in your weight loss routine. Write down your reasons and review them before exercising. Keeping what you want for yourself front and center is a great way to maintain your routine and focus on your best interests. This will make you impervious to self-criticism or feelings of despair.
To attain and maintain a perfectly toned body is an ongoing process that will test your patience. But as long as you have your eye on the prize, each new day is a new opportunity to better yourself.
2. Develop a Routine that Fits Your Lifestyle
It’s all about sustainability. Do not start so strong that you burn out in a few days or sacrifice other obligations in your life. Instead, get a plan that includes diet and exercise routines and built-in recovery periods. It would help if you had these to stay healthy in the long run.
Also, your diet should be balanced and taken at intervals that don’t dent your budget. Furthermore, your exercise routine should be realistic and engage the whole body without overdoing it. Finally, remember that your routine should complement your lifestyle – not complicate it.
3. Weight Loss Journal
Record your progress along the way, and celebrate any success. Small steps add up to a long journey. Use a journal to record your progress, challenges, and success stories. You will be encouraged to power on every time you review your journal. In addition, tracking your activities, such as foods consumed and specific exercises that you do, gives you an explicit knowledge of what’s working and what is not.
4. Use Positive Self-talk to Keep a Positive Mindset
Many people try to improve themselves, but their mentality sours along the way. This hampers longevity. Instead, create a positive mindset by saying good things to yourself about your weight and the goal you intend to achieve. Acknowledge the minor improvements you see. Today you are better than yesterday and will be in even better shape tomorrow. Make that thought resound in your mind.
5. Plan Ahead for Setbacks
Engaging in a weight loss routine is impossible without facing at least a couple of setbacks along the way. You may have changed your diet to wholesome meals, but you can’t expect the people at work or home not to forego their processed snacks and junk food because of your ambitions. Make sure that they know about your weight loss efforts.
Knowing about your efforts can help you turn your environment into a support system that encourages you when you wish to give up. Work on finding new coping mechanisms for the times when you encounter challenging circumstances. For example, if you have a pattern of stress-eating, find alternative coping mechanisms, like taking a cold shower, calling a loved one, or going for a walk. Do not feel ashamed to ask for help or to seek encouragement from others.
Developing the motivation necessary to lose weight may seem difficult at first. Still, with practice, you will feel motivated naturally – this will put you in a better place to achieve everything you set your mind to accomplishing.
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