Motivation is definitely the key to losing weight, but it can seem like the hardest thing in the world whether it be finding the motivation to get started or having the motivation not to give up.
Why Do You Want to Lose Weight?
Everyone has a main motivator for shedding some pounds, whether it’s the next summer holiday, looking great for a special occasion or maybe it’s health related. However, whatever the reason, YOU have to WANT to do it. Being told you have to or should, will not be enough – it must be your personal motivation.
Write down your motivators and stick them on the fridge to remind you why you need to keep going.
Focus on Mini Goals & Have a Realistic Target Weight
There is no quick route to weight loss which is why you need to maintain the motivation. A target of 1–2 pounds (0.5–1 kg) per week is realistic and healthy. If you aim for more than that frustration can set in and your target will seem impossible. Most people trying to lose weight only set a goal for their final target weight. At the start that final target can seem too far off in the future. Instead, set mini goals, or actions you’re going to take to reach your desired outcome.
Some examples of mini goals could be:
- Walking briskly for 30 minutes every other day next week.
- Eating four servings of fruit and vegetables every day this week.
Make Your Weight Loss Plan Your Lifestyle Plan
Find a weight loss plan that you can stick to and avoid plans that would be nearly impossible to follow for any length of time. In fact, as soon as the words “I’m on a diet” pass your lips, it will be almost impossible to think of anything other than how hungry you are.
Therefore, avoid strict diets that completely eliminate certain foods. Just concentrate on reducing your calorie intake. Decrease your calorie intake by;
- Reducing portion sizes
- Reducing frequency of snacks
- Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables
Keep a Food Diary & Celebrate Your Mini Goals
To keep an accurate food diary, you must be completely honest and write down everything you eat, including that piece of cheese on toast your children left at teatime and you couldn’t bear to throw away. It’s equally important to record your progress in the diary, so you can see how far you’ve come.
Losing weight is hard, so celebrate all your successes to keep yourself motivated. You could share it with your friends on social media, or do something for yourself such as rewarding yourself for hitting the gym as often as planned. You could go to the movies or book a visit to the salon, but do not reward yourself with unhealthy food. Whilst rewards are really important to keep you motivated, you mustn’t punish yourself for any mistakes. One mistake will not ruin your plan! You must however, plan for obstacles that crop up – parties, celebrations to attend and problems at work. Any of these can be hard on your motivation to keep going. So if you are having a hard time, instead of reaching for the biscuit tin, take a bubble bath, go for a walk or ring a friend for a chat.
We all know exercise is crucial for losing weight but it’s another discipline that’s hard to keep up. So you need to find something you enjoy, whether it’s indoors, outdoors, alone or with a group. If you love a regular dose of fresh air then join a boot camp session in your local park and make new friends at the same time. If you’d rather exercise alone but need some encouragement then take on a personal trainer. Either way, if you enjoy your exercise you are likely to do more of it and make it part of your normal routine.
How Can BodyUK Help You Lose Weight?
At BodyUK we aim to keep you motivated by helping you to enjoy exercise. We offer personal training coaching that is designed to work around you and your routine. We also offer outdoor fitness classes if you would prefer to exercise in a supportive group environment.
If you would like to learn more about how BodyUK can help you lose weight then contact our head coach Jem, who will be happy to answer any of your questions, by emailing [email protected]