The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight is likely to produce health benefits. Nonetheless, achieving even a modest amount of weight loss can seem insurmountable at times. When you lack the proper motivation to meet your weight-loss goals, your efforts often fall flat, allowing you to sink back into your old habits. By offering yourself goals for weight-loss success, you stay motivated enough to turn healthy eating and daily exercise into lifestyle habits rather than a ‘diet’. Whether you're just starting a weight-loss plan or you've been at it for a while and have just a few more kilos to lose, the right motivation can help push you toward your goal, achieve it and maintain it once you get there. Lack of motivation can be the beginning of a downward spiral toward discouragement and failure. It doesn't matter what your motivation is, as long as it's healthy. Keep your fitness arsenal packed with creative ways to motivate yourself and you can find success.
Weight-loss plans and diets often get a bad rap because of language that sometimes implies that healthy living can be a burden. And that can discourage you from sticking to your plan. Instead, use phrases like “get to” and “want to,” instead of “I have to.” Incorporate fun activities into your fitness routine. If you hate jogging but love walking or cycling , schedule these into your week. And then look forward to it.
Keeping your weight-loss goals to yourself won't help when you reach for that chocolate ice cream carton. But your partner or friend can help, especially when fear of disappointing them is part of your motivation. Share your specific weight-loss goals with those closest to you and ask them to encourage you to stick to your plan. They also may need an accountability partner. The two of you constitute a motivational force that can overpower the constant food temptations. The other alternative is to consult a professional – a dietitian who will give you the direction and support you need.
Always think how much better you will feel when you are fit and healthy. It is not only about how you will look, but how your energy level and confidence will improve.
Compassion and looking outside yourself is a strong motivator for weight loss. Look for charities in your community that sponsor walkathons and other fundraisers to help with a cause that you care about. Whether you are interested in breast cancer awareness or advocating for abused children, you'll discover that when friends and family are paying money to sponsor you, motivation comes easier.
Be kind to yourself and remember you wont be perfect all the time. Try and choose the correct foods, eat small portions and partake in a lot of physical activity. You cannot be motivated all the time to lose weight, good eating habits and exercise have to become a lifestye!
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