You likely are on intimate terms with the constant battle to stay motivated while trying to lose weight. In fact, research has indicated that lack of motivation is one of the prime reasons for abandoning diets, work outs, etc. The best strategy for staying motivated to shed unwanted pounds is that which works for you. Yes, people are different in so many ways and will not uniformly respond to the same approaches.
People tend to maintain interest in activities that are interesting, even fun, and offer a chance for success. It is true that humans tend to avoid things they are not good at doing; those areas where they fail and fall flat. Becoming informed and gaining the right knowledge can give you an edge.
Maybe you are wondering how losing weight can be fun?
The best way to make it fun is to have fun with a friend or group. You can join an exercise class with a friend and make it a special time. In addition to being a fun outlet and escape, you will have much-needed support.
Create goals that are doable and not so challenging that the chance of failure is high. You can approach this any way you want. For example, establish daily goals involving the foods you need to eat and avoid. How about daily goals to walk for 15 minutes? What matters here is you begin tasting success and that will reinforce your efforts and help make you feel successful.
Have you ever started a diet and felt totally miserable while doing it? The answer is “yes” if you are like millions of other people. You can avoid feeling awful and miserable by boosting endorphin levels in your brain. Endorphin is a brain chemical hormone that promotes feelings of well-being and even happiness.
How to increase endorphins so you feel fabulous – or at least not miserable!
The best way to do this is with exercise and ideally exercises that you can enjoy doing. If you hate to exercise, share the misery by finding an exercise partner. Hey, even a family member will do the trick and make it fun. What can you do?
Well, there are many ways to exercise and it does not have to be like training for the Olympics, either. You can walk, dance, ride bikes, hike in the woods, aerobics, swimming, and more. Choose an activity that you will not mind doing either alone or with someone else.
You want to avoid exercise that produces feelings of dread leading up to the moment you do it. If you hate doing it, you will find it difficult to stay motivated.
Have realistic expectations with weight loss and fitness.
Your attitudes and expectations play an important part of staying motivated and achieving success. You know patience is required with any serious attempt to lose weight and keep it off. Unrealistic expectations will set you up for early and certain failure. Give yourself at least several weeks to develop new habits and a chance to lose a few pounds.
If your results are less than expected, do not quit. Instead, view it as feedback and then make necessary changes in your program.