Most health experts say that if you want to lose weight, it’s necessary to do three things: change your behavior, change your diet and increase your activity level. Before you can do these things, however, it’s necessary to find the motivation to make these changes.
Here are some weight loss motivation tips that work:
Visualization is a powerful technique that can be used to help you find the motivation you need to lose weight. Athletes often use visualization to actualize their potential, according to the American Fitness article “What I Tell Clients Who Want to Slim Down.”
Yes, it’s important to visualize yourself thin, but it’s also important to visualize the small steps you can take to move towards your goal. For example, visualize yourself walking or jogging. Imagine how good you feel after exercising. You can also visualize yourself eating healthful foods and passing on those foods that are less than healthful. The most important thing is that you visualize the small steps that will lead you to success.
Everyone in one way or another is a philosopher. We all have deeply rooted beliefs about how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us and how we understand the world affects how we react to challenges. Some people see change as something to fear, while others embrace change and difficulties and see them as a road to improvement. The good new is anyone can change the way he or she reacts to life’s challenges.
Examine you feelings about change. Write them down. Do you fear change? Do you believe it’s possible to change? Think about ways that would help you be open to change. The main goal in evaluating your attitude is to become more open to change.
Keep it simple. Manage your weight in small goals. Don’t decide you’ll lose 40 pounds in six months. Instead set realistic short-term goals. Make it a goal to lose a specific number of pounds each week. Instead of making it a goal to exercise three to four days a week, choose specific days, choose a specific type of exercise and decide to do it at a specific time.
Get Emotional Support
Getting emotional support is one of the best ways to get motivated for weight loss. Find a diet buddy or ask your doctor for a recommendation for a local support group. You can also find support forums or groups online.
Write Yourself Thin
Geting motivated by writing your way to the body you want is a good way to lose weight. According to Linda Knittel in theNatural Health article “Write Yourself Thin,” writing down everything you eat each day “practically guarantees weight-loss success.” Dieters who track what they eat drop double the number of pounds compared to dieters who don’t write down what they’re consuming each day, says Knittel.
Keeping a list of what you eat every day doesn’t have to be tedious. You can even use Post-It notes or email yourself what you’ve eaten every day. You can also text what you’re eating to yourself. It’s the process of reflecting on what you’ve eaten that gets results. By being more aware of the foods you’re eating, you’ll be more motivated to initiate changes that will help prevent overeating.
Motivational Quotes for Weight Loss
“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the the person you want to be.” –David Viscott
“You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance.” –Lee Iacocca
“The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best.”–Thomas Jefferson
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Eat less, taste more.”– Chinese Proverb
“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.”– Unknown
“One way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.”–Cyril Connolly
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”–Benjamin Mays
“Never, never, never quit.”–Winston Churchill
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”–Theodore Roosevelt
“Is Fear Keeping You Fat?” Shape. Feb2005, Vol. 24 Issue 6, p30-34.
Knittel, Linda. “Write Yourself Thin.” Natural Health. May/June 2003, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p72.
“What I Tell Clients Who Want to Slim Down. American Fitness. Sep/Oct2001, Vol. 19 Issue 5, p19.