Have you ever noticed how it’s fairly simple to lose that first five pounds, but after a while, it starts to feel like an uphill climb? There are many reasons we become complacent and lose our motivation, however, here are 5 ways to stay motivated and lose weight for good.
1. Make it personal
It is extremely difficult to focus and lose weight when you are constantly comparing yourself to those around you. While some people like to attend slimming support groups and clubs, these types of groups are not actually beneficial for the average person. If you’ve ever been a part of a group weigh-in, then you understand how this type of activity can be embarrassing and disheartening if someone loses more weight than you.
When you decide to lose weight, it is a good idea to make sure you are doing it for yourself, and instead of feeling competitive with other people, remember that everyone will lose weight in different ways and at different speeds. Instead of being sidetracked with what others are doing, do your best to focus on your own personal weight loss.
2. Look in the mirror
If the concept of looking in the mirror and assessing your weight loss makes you feel nervous, then you are not alone. Though it may be tempting to look in the mirror and worry that your body will never change, you should to try imagine how your body will look once you’ve met your goal. Visualizing your results will keep you motivated because you will feel that your goal is within reach.
3. Change of scenery
When you go to the grocery store, what types of things do you buy? It can be difficult to change your shopping habits and buy the foods that will help you to lose weight. One great way to change your shopping habits is to shop at new and different places.
This is helpful because you will be less likely to revert to your old habits if you change up the scenery, and shop somewhere that will promote healthier eating.This will encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone, and hopefully you won’t be as tempted to eat the things that usually cause you to gain weight.
4. It’s permanent, not temporary
Many times, dieters decide that losing weight is a quick fix, and once they reach their goals, they will magically be able to maintain their weight loss no matter what they eat. This is a misconception because when you make a decision to lose weight, you have to make a mental adjustment. Instead of viewing your weight loss as a short term “diet”, think of it as changing your entire lifestyle and eating habits permanently.
5. Congrats are in order, but don’t give up!
So your old jeans finally fit? What now? Instead of relaxing and allowing yourself to gain a few pounds, stay committed to your weight loss goals. Though you may be tempted to reward yourself with pizza and cheesecake, consider rewarding yourself with monetary gifts instead.
Because you may not want to spend a lot of money on a new wardrobe as you are still losing weight, it may be a good idea to start a wardrobe fund, and set aside a certain amount of money every time you lose weight. This will keep you motivated and excited about your weight loss.
These 5 steps will help you to finally lose weight and maintain your new body.