Congratulations! You have just taken the first step to lose all that unwanted fat by choosing to read this article. I am sure you have read about loads of tips and diets which tell you how to lose weight. But, have you ever come across something which motivates you to follow all those tips and diet plans?
Well, all you have to do is read on, to motivate yourself to lose that unwanted weight.
Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight
Take a journal and write down your strengths. Some people possess huge mental strength while some have immense patience. Some might boast of a strong will power while some might have a lot of sincerity. Write down what according to you is your strength and why. Now keep this in mind when you decide to lose weight.
Keep reminding yourself that leaving half way is not an option because you are a strong person and all you have to do is keep at it. Whenever you feel like giving up, read up the pages which describe your strength. You are meant to achieve your aims and this journal entry will help you to keep working hard for the same.
In the journal, write down five food items which weaken your ability to lose weight. Be it chocolates, ice cream, a cheesy pizza slice or a juicy burger. Now write down the calories beside the items. When you start dieting make sure you include these items in your diet. Don’t be alarmed yet. If any of your tempting treat contains 500-1000 calories per serving, include that item only once a week.
If the calories count increases to 1000-1500, include the item once every two weeks and if it exceeds 1500 calories, include the item once a month. You don’t have to worry about letting go of your temptations completely. The only hard part is that you can have just one item at a time. If you are including chocolate for the week’s diet, you cannot club it with any other goodies. You lose some and you win some; that is how you can achieve your weight loss aim without giving up totally on your favorite food items.
Consider yourself twenty pounds lighter. What could you gain out of that? Well, to begin with, you will be showered with compliments, you will be much more confident about yourself and you will be able to flaunt all those sexy dresses which you always dreamt of.
With these opportunities in mind, keep reminding yourself to focus on your weight loss goal. No matter how hard it is, the picture of a slimmer you is motivation enough.
Almost all of us have friends, colleagues or family members who don’t want us to lose weight. Do not listen to them. These people are threats and they just try to make you happy by saying what you want to hear. Ask yourself if you really want to lose weight. If the answer is yes, do away with any advice with might change it to a no.
One Reason Per Day
Ask yourself everyday why you should lose weight. There will be a plethora of reasons readily available. Keep reminding yourself about this reason all day long. This single reason is powerful enough to motivate your weight loss plan. Some people might want to lose weight to look good, some want to lose weight in order to prevent health problems; some might want to lose weight in order to wear that pretty dress. The reasons are many, invent new reasons everyday and write down the same in your journal.
You can never aim to improve yourself if you do not love yourself enough. Don’t hate your body. It is your existence and your identity. All you have to do is make it better and more beautiful. You cannot do that unless you love your body. Almost all of us want a different body type and that is not possible. Hence, accept the reality and start working on it like a sensible person. Do not torture yourself by over-exercising and under eating. It makes no sense to go overboard.
Everything should be done in moderation but on a regular basis. Figure out your preferred type of work out. Choose from aerobics to yoga to belly dancing to zumba to others. The types are many, thanks to modern discoveries. You can choose the one which suits you the best and doesn’t make you cranky. You should never work out for the sake of it. Enjoy your work out sessions.
Take out this time to think and reflect upon your life. Take out all your anger in the sessions. You will feel rejuvenated. Many people take up kick-boxing as a physical exercise to deal with stress and anger apart from losing weight. Make sure you find your type of workout and do it in your own pace.
The cardinal rule of weight loss is to be reasonable. If you think you can lose 20 pounds in a month, you are hallucinating. It is impossible and unhealthy. Your weight loss goal should be sensible and achievable. Aim at losing ten – fifteen pounds in two months. The famous saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’ holds true in weight loss. The slower you start the steady the weight loss is. You can never expect to lose weight if you aim higher than possible.
This is one of the best things ever. Save hundred bucks for every two pounds you lose. Once you lose ten pounds, gift yourself something with the saved money. Once you have crossed the ten pounds mark, increase the amount. Save hundred and fifty bucks for every two pounds you lose and keep saving till you have reached your ideal weight. You can gift yourself a new wardrobe with the saved money. This plan will keep you motivated and also help you in saving money for the new wardrobe.
Be honest with yourself. All these motivation tips will fall into place once you have promised yourself that you are going to lose weight. Almost all of us begin and fail. The important thing is to rise and start again. If you fail, try again. You must give yourself that chance. Only you can create the magic you want to experience. Be truthful to your body and rediscover yourself. Keep reminding yourself about your strengths. You are a strong person and you will surely achieve your goal very soon. All the best!