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Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight

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Are you looking for some weight loss motivation tips? Read this blog to know different ways how you can keep yourself fit and motivated for weight loss.

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The weight loss journey comes with its own set of challenges. These challenges are sometimes enough to pull you down from achieving your ideal weight. Most people lose their weight loss motivation midway. You are likely to experience common obstacles like-

  • Slow progression
  • Cravings
  • No support from family and friends
  • Expensive healthy food
  • No time for a workout
  • Health issues like hypothyroidism and diabetes make weight loss challenging

Everybody is different and responds differently to diet and exercise. When you begin your weight loss journey, you are fully motivated initially; however, this motivation tends to mellow down with time, sometimes very quickly. But to achieve your desired results, you must stay committed to your goal.

Please remember that losing motivation in this quest is normal. You may find yourself highly motivated at times, and also notice that your motivation level is at an all-time low on some days. This blog gives you a peek into all the answers to your question, "How to get motivated to lose weight?"

  1. Consider the reasons why you want to lose weight


Motivation is much easier when you know why you want to shed those extra pounds. You must constantly remind yourself of the reasons that led you to undertake this challenge. Think of some of the plus points of losing weight:

  • Improved sugar levels
  • Better heart health
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Reduced cancer risk
  • Reduced joint pain

Your reasons can be completely different. But, no matter your reasons, once you emphasize and consider the varying benefits of weight loss, your journey becomes seamless, and nothing can stop you from working hard to achieve it.

  1. Design your weight loss plan

Keto, paleo, vegan, intermittent fasting, low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, the internet is flooded with many different diet ideas. But it's never a wise idea to blindly follow any of these trending diet fads. You cannot adopt a diet that doesn't suit your lifestyle choices, place, health considerations, etc. Hence, you must design your weight loss plan.

You can always consult a nutritionist or a dietician to help you create a diet plan that suits your lifestyle and health conditions, and you can follow it for a long duration. Consider the staple food of your area, your favorite food items, and food that is healthy for you, and incorporate those in your daily diet, in the right proportions and at the right time.

If you love snacking and have certain guilty food pleasures, you can eat those once a week or so. Just be mindful of your eating habits and the proportions.

You can download the FitBudd meal planner for free with added food list and recipes to plan your weekly meals more efficiently.

Set your goals


This is the most important aspect of your weight loss journey. You can never accomplish your target if you have not set your goals straight. So, ensure your goals are set and realistic enough, and then diligently work on achieving those goals.

If you're trying to get that unhealthy size-zero figure of your favorite model without considering your health, it's a bad idea. Instead, you should consider your fitness level and then set goals accordingly.

According to experts, your goals can be like "shedding 12 pounds in a week" or "losing 5 inches around your waist in the first two weeks."

Stay away from the weighing machine


Weighing yourself can become an obsession if you frequently do it. Experts recommend not stepping up on the scale daily but fortnight or monthly basis.

Constant weighing can demotivate you if you find your weight not coming down. So instead, focus on your diet and exercise, and stop worrying about the scale.

You can surely achieve your target with the right intake of nutritious food and constant physical activity.

Find a community that shares your interest


Surround yourself with like-minded folks to keep yourself motivated. For example, join a gym so that being in the company of fitness enthusiasts will keep your spirits high. Also, find friends within your network who encourage you to adopt a healthy lifestyle instead of pushing you towards things that endanger your health. Finally, encourage your family and friends so that you can help each other move towards a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Make adjustments in your surroundings


If you want to make healthy choices for your betterment, adjust things around you so that your surrounding area can automatically push you towards your goal. Here are some of the best practices to follow:

  • Remove all junk food items from your kitchen.
  • Stock your refrigerator with healthy food items, like fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meat
  • Add healthy snacks to your kitchen cabinets, e.g., trail mix and dark chocolate, for diet motivation.
  • Stack your kitchen with small plates and bowls for portion control while eating
  • Make a list of restaurants that serve healthy food so that you can dine in at those restaurants whenever you feel like eating out without compromising your health.
  • Prepare a list of healthy food items before grocery shopping to avoid purchasing junk items on impulse.
  • You can also put up inspirational weight loss quotes on your bedroom walls.
  • See inspirational videos related to successful weight loss stories.

Reward yourself and be happy


Make your fitness journey rewarding and a happy one. However, ensure that your choice of gifts/rewards is appropriate. Whenever you achieve a milestone, you can choose anything for yourself from the following reward ideas:

  • Get a haircut or a manicure at a salon
  • Go for a soothing spa session
  • Buy yourself something apart from food, like an outfit, cosmetics, or anything else of your choice
  • Step out for a movie with your partner or friends

Just be happy and motivated throughout your weight loss journey. Remember, it's not just shedding a few pounds, but it's more about adopting a healthy lifestyle that you can follow in the long term. Enjoy everything you experience as a part of this journey and fall in love with it.

It will be one of the best changes in your life, and you're bound to fall in love with the new "you." Weight loss is a consistent process, so never hurry.

Depending on your diet chart and lifestyle changes, you can achieve your goals in either 2-months, 6-months, or maybe a year. So tread your steps carefully, be patient, and keep yourself cheerful and healthy.

How are you progressing on your weight loss initiative? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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