Getting started with healthier lifestyle changes in order to lose weight is tricky, maintaining your new routine and continuing to build motivation to carry on can be harder.
Motivation is what will help keep you on track to reaching your goals and many of us will have different motivations. Losing weight is no easy feat, but by adopting a positive attitude, you really can achieve anything you set your mind to.
In this article, we’re going to share some simple ways to keep yourself motivated when losing weight, so that you always feel up to the challenge.
If you haven’t already, set some goals so that you have something to work towards. These goals should be SMART, which means:
Write down all of the reasons why you decided to lose weight and place them somewhere to remind you of those reasons every day. For example, you could note reasons on post-it notes and stick them on your fridge or beside your bed so that you can always see them.
If you found it difficult to pinpoint the reasons why you want to lose weight or you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some common motivators:
Keep a diary and monitor your progress daily to ensure you’re on track. Make note of what foods you are eating, any emotions and changes in your weight. Writing down how you’re feeling about your weight-loss experience is a great way to get in touch with your thoughts and research has shown this helps people lose more weight. That said, try not to fixate on the numbers staring back at you on the scales - weight loss can take time and whilst you may be shedding fat, you may also be gaining muscle which can skew the scale's reliability; gaining muscle is perfectly normal and will help you to build up more strength.
As we’ve established, losing weight isn’t always easy and most of us will struggle or doubt our abilities from time to time - this is why we need to celebrate each success, no matter how big or small. Lost a couple pounds in a week? Great! Feeling less stressed each day? That’s also great! It’s important for you to praise yourself for both physical and mental changes as a result of your hard work and you could even consider treating yourself as a reward. That said, if you decide to reward yourself, try to avoid unhealthy treats and look into ways to further motivate yourself (i.e. you could get yourself a new pair of running shoes or take a cooking class).
Whether you’re struggling or not, don’t be afraid to reach out to loved ones or a weight loss support group and talk about your weight loss goal with others. Here at LiveWell Dorset, we’re always here to lend a supportive ear to guide you through your journey and can give you the help you need. Equally, it can be really beneficial to let family and friends know that you are trying to lose weight and you could even inspire them to join you in becoming healthier.
We all make mistakes, learn to forgive yourself if you ever have a bad day and don’t let it take away from the positives you’ve achieved.
If you’ve got any social events coming up and you’re worried about resisting temptation, you could always bring along healthy alternatives or let those around you know that you’re trying to stick to a diet plan.
If you keep doing the same old fitness routine, you risk becoming bored and therefore, demotivated.Tackle this by actively searching for new and exciting exercises to try or consider joining fitness classes where you’ll be introduced to new calorie-burning ideas.
Why not take a look at some of our home exercises to lose weight to get started?
Just like exercise, if you’re eating the same meals each week you could grow tired of the usual dishes and become tempted by unhealthy foods. Why not try to learn a new healthy recipe or experiment with flavours to bring a little more life to your plate?
You can find new meal ideas and plan ahead with the Easy Meals app, a free app developed by the NHS.
If you’re looking to lose weight to maintain a healthier lifestyle, we are here to help! Here at LiveWell Dorset, we have a friendly team of advisors and coaches to support you through your journey of losing weight, keeping you motivated and on track to reaching your goals. Why not register with us today or get in touch to learn more about our services?.