Achieving Weight Loss Motivation

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We all need strategies to achieve weight loss motivation. When you are on a diet or simply trying to eat better and lose weight, there is a tendency to focus on the negative. 

 Have you ever done that?

Do you find yourself saying  “Darn, I only lost a pound, I was hoping for at least two pounds.”  “I shouldn’t have eaten that bagel yesterday morning, the thing was almost as big as my head.”  “That extra serving of pasta at dinner last night was a bad idea.  Why did I do that?”  “Will this weight EVER come off?  At this rate I won’t reach my goal until I’m 90!”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Focusing on the negative is a chronic habit that almost all of us have developed over time, and it has the power to sabotage your efforts if you don’t do something to stop it.  How?  By making you feel like you’re wasting your time, not making enough progress, you’ll never succeed, and so on.  If you don’t turn those thoughts around, you’ll give up because it will seem too hard.  This is one of the biggest reasons why so many diets fail.  People can’t see the progress they are making, and they lose hope that they’ll ever reach their goal.

Today we’re going to share a fantastic weight loss motivation strategy that can help you stay focused and committed to seeing your goal through to the end.  That strategy is as simple as focusing on the positive.

Don’t dismiss it just yet!  Wait until you see how easy and effective it really is.

Imagine if, at the end of each day, you made a list of all of the things you did RIGHT that day.  How would you feel about yourself and your healthy new lifestyle?

Example:

I got up early and worked out, felt great!
I hopped on the scale to see that I’d lost a pound already.
I drank plenty of water all day.
I stuck to my eating plan 90%.
I made time for myself to relax and meditate.
I turned away from that plate of brownies Sarah brought to work.
I was tempted to stop at the drive-thru on the way home, but I didn’t!
I had an extra serving of vegetables at dinner.
I ate almost no sugar today, except for fruit, which is really good for me.

Just reading this list, you can probably feel the power of such an exercise.  Okay, so maybe you don’t always do everything perfectly.  Maybe you slip from time to time and eat something you shouldn’t.  Maybe you skip a workout here and there.  But focusing on those “mistakes” will only make you feel bad, which will make you more likely to slip some more.

You can achieve weight loss motivation by making it a habit to focus on everything you did RIGHT each day, you’ll feel proud of yourself and motivated to keep going despite any little setbacks.  Just be sure not to include any “negatives” on your list.  Notice that we didn’t write on our list, “I stuck to my eating plan 90% and screwed up the other 10%.”  Don’t write, “I lost a pound but I was really hoping for two pounds.”  That only makes you swing back to a negative focus.  Even if you are aware of the negatives, don’t focus on them and don’t write them down.  Simply set those negative thoughts aside and only focus on what you accomplished that day.

Try this powerful and life changing strategy to achieve weight loss motivation. You can use this technique in other ways besides relating to your weight loss; use it for general goal achievement and personal development too!  It makes you feel great about yourself, and that’s really the whole point of trying to improve yourself, right?

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Finding The Willpower To Take Action On Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, willpower usually plays a very large role. Without willpower, you find it all too easy to keep slipping back into old habits. Every little temptation translates into extra calories in your mouth, and extra fat on your hips, thighs and stomach.

Willpower is the inner strength that can help you move beyond old, destructive habits and begin forming healthy new habits. But how exactly do you do this? If you don’t yet have strong willpower, you may be wondering how to develop it.

The best way to start is by first being very clear on what you want to accomplish each day, as well as your long-term goals. Do you have a goal to lose a set number of pounds by a certain date? Have you set an action-based goal to exercise for a certain amount of time each day? Or to avoid unhealthy foods? Developing your willpower can help you stay on track with these new intentions.

When you are faced with a temptation that is contrary to your goals, you are faced with a difficult decision. For example, when your coworker or spouse says, “Let’s go out for burgers” you may want to go, but then you remember that you are trying to eat healthier and you have decided to stop eating so much fast food. Old habits are calling you forward, but you feel conflicted because you really don’t want to eat those burgers! This is where willpower comes in.

If you have strong enough willpower, it can soothe that inner conflict as you say firmly, “No thanks, not today.” If your willpower is weak, you feel almost compelled to eat the foods you don’t really want to eat.

Willpower is nothing more than the ability to make firm decisions that align with your goals, and then follow through with the actions that support your goals. However, here is the key to making willpower work for you. It must be a choice you make from a place of inner power. Rather than saying to yourself, “I can’t eat that”, turn it into an affirmation of your inner power and say, “I choose not to eat that”.

Feel the difference? One of those examples is based on fear, powerlessness and deprivation. The other is based on decisiveness and empowerment.

Developing your willpower takes a bit of practice, but the more you keep reminding yourself that you have the power to choose what goes into your mouth, the easier it becomes to say “no thanks” to temptations.

The Biggest Secret To Successful Weight Loss

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The biggest hurdle that most people face is gettiing started when it comes achieving weight loss success.
Not knowing where to start in their pursuit of losing 1 pound or 100 pounds if a common problem, which prevents many people from achieving success with weight loss.
The first step is to set reasonable and achievable goals. A good starting point is to set a goal of losing one pound a week. This will allow you to see progress and keep you motivated to lose weight.
If you set your goals to high you may just end up frustrated and give up.
You should ask yourself the following questions:
1. What is your weight loss goal?
2. What is your deadline for losing the weight?
Write your answers down and keep copies everywhere so you are reminded of your goal. Keep a note on the refrigerator, bathroom mirror, in your car and other places you frequent during the day.
Setting goals is just not enough you must make them realistic and achievable.
Ideally, no matter what you do, you should not expect to consistently lose more than 1-2 pounds per week.
If you want to lose sixty pounds, it will take you at least six-seven months to achieve your goal. You may think that is too slow; however, you will have greater success losing 1-2 pounds per week compared to losing 5-10 pounds per week that you regain because you are not able to maintain the diet and exercise routine.
The biggest secret to successful weight loss is setting small goals that are achievable, so that you stay motivated for weight loss success.

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10 Powerful Reasons To Start Losing One Pound A Week

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Would you like to know 10 reasons to get up the motivation to lose one pound a week?

We all seem to put off things that are not fun or require significant effort. If you are overweight you may be one of those people, that is until something comes along and triggers that motivation to lose weight.

That trigger may be a comment from a friend or loved one, class reunion, vacation to the beach, or waking up in the intensive care unit after suffering a stroke or heart attack.

The following are 10 powerful reasons that should give you the motivation to lose weight:

1.  Lower your  risk of heart disease

Being overweight makes you much more likely to develop heart disease.  Simple lifestyle changes like regular exercise and a healthy diet make you much less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.

2. Reduce your blood pressure

High blood pressure also makes you more susceptible to heart attack and stroke, as well as adversely affecting the function of your kidneys, and contributing to hardening of the arteries.  weight loss achieved through a healthy diet and exercise program has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure in the majority of people, helping them avoid these risks.

3. Lower risk of diabetes

Being overweight can cause insulin resistance, which contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes.  When you start eating healthier (reducing refined sugar and junk food), exercising and losing weight, you help your body better process the foods you eat, and the development of type 2 diabetes is greatly reduced.

4. Reduce your risk of cancer

Many forms of cancer are related to being overweight, including colon cancer, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer.  Simply by losing weight and adopting a healthier lifestyle you can slash your risk of developing cancer by 50% or more.

5. Increase your confidence

Did you know that slender, fit people are naturally more confident than overweight people?  There are exceptions, but for the most part feeling great about your body gives you inner strength and confidence that can have a huge positive impact on all other areas of your life.

6. Save money

Here’s some surprising motivation to lose weight:  both health insurance and life insurance are less expensive for people who are healthy and maintain a normal weight.  Slender, fit people also usually require less medication and experience fewer hospital stays and surgeries than overweight people.  Even if you have health insurance that covers the majority of these costs, you still probably pay a portion of them and could put that money toward more enjoyable pursuits by simply taking better care of your body.

7. Get that passion back

Did you know that being overweight and out of shape contributes to erectile dysfunction?  High blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides can all affect your performance in the bedroom.

8. Boost your libido

Women can also experience a form of sexual dysfunction with a diminished libido.  When you don’t feel good about your body and you’re tired all the time, it’s more difficult to get into the mood for sex.

9. Healthy fertility and pregnancy

Being overweight can contribute to infertility too, making it much more difficult to conceive a baby – not to mention carry it to term and deliver without complications.  Being overweight can cause a lot of dangers for pregnant mothers and their babies, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and increased risk of needing a cesarean section.

10. Live longer

Healthy and fit people live longer lives than chronic sick and overweight people. Taking small steps out of your busy day to start becoming more fit and losing that excess weight will help you live a longer and more optimal life.

You now have 10 powerful reasons to get motivated to Lose one pound a week. Take the time to come up with powerful reasons of your own.  What about having a slimmer, healthier, sexier body?  Stay focused on those reasons and allow them to motivate you into taking the necessary actions to lose weight and start living a healthier, sexier and more optimal life.

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