Motivation and Weight Loss
Even though many people neglect this factor, motivation is one of the most important things when it comes to weight loss. It makes us go the extra mile, exercise more, change our lifestyles and nutrition while remaining persistent and strong throughout our diet plan. This way, we are constantly reminding ourselves about the importance of exercising and the effect this has on our body. All in all, without motivation being there for us throughout our workout or diet plan, we are likely to start a program, begin to lose weight and then leave it and reset our whole body to its previous, negative state, only due to the lack of motivation, being the driving force of weight loss.
Therefore, you need to set realistic goals. You cannot expect that you will be losing weight instantly. Rather, this is a gradual process, just like gaining weight was. So, you need to set gradual goals. For example, promise yourself that you will lose a certain amount of weight by the end of the month or in a limited time period. Then, once you achieve this, praise yourself and set further goals, losing even more weight.
How Can You Stay Motivated
There are certain tricks you may use when you decide to motivate yourself towards weight loss. Firstly, an excellent tactics is to put down all the things you wish to accomplish. Think about the reasons behind your resolution and all the benefits you can gain through losing weight. Having them on paper will act as a reminder and a source of motivation. Also, here you can write down your pending goals, having a checkup list of your progress since the very onset of your workout plan.
Secondly, do not go too hard or too soft on yourself. Rather, be realistic. Stay positive, motivating yourself and believing in yourself. Nothing is impossible, you just have to want it hard enough.
Each time you manage to accomplish your preset goals, reward yourself. Buy yourself something nice. Moreover, inform your family and friends about your progress. Additional praising and motivation can't go wrong.
It is good to work out with a partner. This way, you can motivate each other and help each other out throughout the exercise and diet regime.
Keep track of your progress by taking photos of your body. You can keep these in your journal mentioned above, as a reminder of how it was all worth it.