So, your motivation is to lose weight!
Many of us women set the goal of losing weight, and, for some reason, many of us labor, and, sometimes in vain, to achieve this goal.
Just remember there is no magical remedy for losing weight even though many “fad” diets offer the promise of quick and instant results.
The truth is that the shedding of those unwanted pounds requires hard work and commitment.
It can be difficult to reprogram your thinking about food, to create your meal plans, to find the time to add exercise to your schedule, as well as other considerations which come along with losing weight.
In fact, it can be especially difficult for some of us to stay motivated and focused when there are so many challenging demands on our time— our job, children, husband/significant other, family, and friends.
Staying motivated is an important key to losing weight, and finding ways to remain motivated is essential.
Here are a few tips that may help you to stay motivated during your weight-loss journey as well as keep you focused on your intended goal: to lose those unwanted pounds.
1. Focus on the WHY.
Why exactly have you made the decision to lose weight? Was your decision based on wanting to look more attractive and alluring, to become healthier, to get back into that little black dress, or some other reason?
Whatever the reason(s) for your decision to lose weight, you need keep them as an ever-present reminder. Focusing on the reasons WHY will surely keep you motivated to stay the course!
2. Establish small goals for yourself.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by giving yourself one unrealistic large-end goal. Instead, set small goals, and as you begin to accomplish each of those small goals along your journey, you will feel a much better sense of accomplishment. You will be definitely inspired and motivated to continue with your goal to lose those pounds and inches!
3. Decide on a piece of clothing as your target.
Pick out a pair of jeans or a dress that you really want to fit into again. The goal of being able to slip into that piece of clothing will provide you with the motivation you need. This is something realistic, reachable, and it means something to you.
4. Include exercise as a part of your weight-loss plan.
If exercise has not been a part of your daily or weekly routine, don’t try to overdo it. You need to set goals for yourself, and be realistic about what you are able to do. The experts say “Start low and slow.”
By the way, did you know that exercise is said to relieve emotional overeating in several ways? First, it helps to produce endorphins which trigger a sense of euphoria and a positive outlook on life. Secondly, exercise relieves boredom and senseless eating —after all, what might you be doing if you were not working out? Finally, exercise will help to improve your self-image because not only will you begin to feel better but you will also have lost some inches.
5. Be sure to get proper sleep.
Getting good sleep can have a massive effect on how easily your body is able to lose weight. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it causes your body to release high levels of cortisol, one of the main hormones which makes it hard for the body to shed the pounds.
Adam Bornstein, an award-winning fitness and nutrition writer, says:
Here's why that's bad: When your insulin is functioning well, fat cells remove fatty acids and lipids from your blood stream and prevent storage. When you become more insulin resistant, fats (lipids) circulate in your blood and pump out more insulin. Eventually this excess insulin ends up storing fat in all the wrong places, such as tissues like your liver. And this is exactly how you become fat and suffer from diseases like diabetes. (Read more here: Why Sleep Is the No. 1 Most Important Thing for a Better Body)
We all know that losing weight is not easy. It demands dedication, commitment, and a plan of action. It will take time, but if you start by taking those small steps, remaining laser-focused, and staying motivated, you will lose those pounds and gain a new and healthy lifestyle!
“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ~ Lou Holtz